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    Re: Your wardrobe was stolen.

    Right now I think I'd be happy with a bottle or YSL Rive Gauche PH and Chanel Egoiste
  2. Re: My Secretions Magnifiques story (with a little extra)

    I dislike it very much and find it really off-putting, however, it is tenacious and I wish some of the fragrances I love were able to cling as much as SM!
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    Re: Please rank the following frags

    Yep, what he said.
  4. Re: Do you consider Guerlain Vetiver as one of the best classic men's fragrance of all-time?

    Yes, it's still a benchmark/reference fragrance, the fact that it has withstood the test of time is proof of its greatness in this case. Another huge bonus is that it's very affordable. Fantastic all...
  5. Re: I received some extremely bad news that I'd like to share with my Basenotes family.

    I know it's easier said than done but be positive, get the best treatment possible and come whatever may, enjoy your time as much as possible whatever the results of this journey are.
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    Re: Comme Des Garçons - Olfactory Library

    Wow I'm so excited, there are a few I had never heard of. What's Nomad Tea like?
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    Re: 1 month here and $1,000 spent. How did I do?

    I know that feel.

    Well done OP, I would suggest diversifying in terms of houses, rather spend on sampling and enjoy these bottles until they're half empty at least before splurging, otherwise...
  8. Re: Well just.looking for summer freshies to add to collection...

    OP you might want to try Sisley Eau D'Ikar, it's very underrated as a fresh fragrance.

    Other than that, although I don't like them much, Dior's Sauvage and Dunhill's Icon might do the trick for...
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    Re: Comme Des Garçons - Olfactory Library

    Yay, I'm excited and who else but Alfarom to reveal great CDG news: the poster most responsible for my growing appreciation for CDG.
  10. Re: What is the "cheapest" scent that you really enjoy?

    To stick to the brief:

    I quite like the super cheap knock off oil I bought on ebay: Tom Tuskan (or something like that), it's a replica of Tuscan Leather and it's really not that bad in a very...
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    Re: Guerlain for beginners

    Good advice all around, OP should stick to sampling or decants of the exclusive Guerlain lines.

    However, Vetiver is somewhat a steal, there aren't many fragrances that are such great quality for...
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    Re: Guerlain for beginners

    These were my thoughts, I wouldn't go for the more expensive ones straight away. I didn't fall for Derby, I'd much rather add to the above list: Chamade pour homme. I find Derby and Habit Rouge EDT...
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    Re: Gucci Guilty Absolute- smells wonderful!

    That sounds pretty good actually!
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    Re: If Shalimar had a male version ...

    It certainly smelled dramatically different, all to the better IMHO
  15. Re: How Many Colognes In Your Collection Were JUST Because Of The Bottle?

    Zero, although I love the tactility of some bottles, especially something with a bit of weight (the old, cubic Gucci Pour Homme bottles are great examples), in the end I really only care about the...
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    Re: If Shalimar had a male version ...

    Despite it being held in such high regard I just never liked Habit Rouge until I tried the EDP, it was a complete turn around moment and I would love to get a bottle now. Apart from Habit Rouge I'll...
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    Re: I'm coming around on Chanel Egoiste

    OP the other Chanels you mentioned in your post aren't even close to the legend that is Egoiste.
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    Re: Caron l'anarchiste

    Hence the name ;-)
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    Re: Downsizing to 5

    The point that was being made was that it seems somehow slightly dubious to label TF Private Blends as overpriced and then recommend a load of Creeds which aren't exactly affordable by most standards...
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    Re: Downsizing to 5

    Which Tom Ford? There are quite a few. There are many that would be suitable for men of any age.

    Are you actually interested in specific fragrances or are you just throwing house names around? It...
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    Re: Cheap and Easy Oud

    Wait I'm not sure I understand, you're being critical of the suggestions because they are nothing like real oud and then you recommend Dirty English as a 'cheap and easy oud' but you don't smell any...
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    Re: Absolu pour le soir

    I'm quite sure it was still on the shelf in a MFK boutique in Paris last month.
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    Re: Finally got Bentley Intense for men

    :grin:
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    Re: NEW: Ermenegildo Zegna Essenze Spice

    Different strokes! Indian Spice sounds the most interesting to me.
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    Poll: Re: vote for my next buy

    It's not even close, another vote for Egoiste
  26. Re: Real niche/designer perfumery vs the gimmicks...

    I haven't been around for that long but it seems as if there are so many new fragrance manufacturers and unfortunately too many of them seem to be aiming for snob appeal with their inflated prices,...
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    Re: Opus 1870/ Gucci?

    I concur, they are very different to my nose.
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    Re: Amouage Bracken Man

    You're actually selling it quite well, I love Rive Gauche and this sounds like a nice alternative (at a much higher price of course). I need to try this.
  29. Thread: Raghba Lattafa

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    Re: Raghba Lattafa

    Strangely enough I much prefer the Raghba. OP if you like comforting scents then the Raghba is really good, it's a bit on the sweet side with an artificial oud/woody note and it's definitely got a...
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    Re: What would Tony Soprano wear?

    Try Zirh Ikon, it's their best fragrance by far and can be picked up for a bargain. Don't let the low price put you off, it's actually rather good and the original price was quite high. The quality...
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    Re: Best "Clove" Fragrances for Men?

    Came to post Bay Rum, leaving satisfied.
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    Re: Swiss Arabian Dupes - Community Guinea Pig

    Thanks for the feedback, the samples are such a great way to try these. I have a Tuscan Leather oil and it does the job, I wasn't disappointed.
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    Re: Cheap and Easy Oud

    Heretic!
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    Re: Loss of confidence

    As others have said: keep your hair very short and you're golden; own it, it's not abnormal and no one with think twice or judge you for losing head hair. If they do, then stay away from such types....
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    Re: Mancera fragrances - samples(kits).

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    But they do have a wonderful travel set that I'm planning on buying. 5 X 8 ML sprays of your choice, I wish more houses did this sort of thing, I think it's fantastic!...
  36. Re: Winter fragrance for 27 years old man in Japan

    Of course, that's quite funny though.



    This is a good suggestion.

    If Kyoto doesn't work then how about something like the ever-versatile and fresh Rive Gauche PH? Or Malle's French Lover if...
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    Poll: Re: Best francis kurkdjian fragrance

    This would be my pick too.
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    Re: What's the most recent "landmark" fragrance?

    Op, your list (Kouros, Egoiste, Fahrenheit, Green Irish Tweed, Aqua di Gio, Le Male, Amen, and CK One, ) is pretty spot on and to add to one fragrance you mention, I speak under correction but the...
  39. Re: Winter fragrance for 27 years old man in Japan

    CDG Kyoto?
  40. Re: Prada amber - Dior homme cologne - wait to smell dhs 17

    Smooth and classy, this would be my choice too. I find Prada Amber to be a bit forgettable.

    http://thumbnail.image.rakuten.co.jp/@0_mall/viporte/cabinet/fragrance11/cddhc125.jpg
  41. Re: Perfume that smells of Indian spices, chai tea etc.

    I'll second this one, it always comes to mind when I think of spices in a fragrances, if you like the smell of a general Indian spice shop then this is for you:

    Cardamom oil, Coriander oil,...
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    Re: My first experience with MFK

    I visited MFK in Paris two weeks ago and I can confirm that Absolue pour le Soir is still being sold from their shop (I think it was the Marais area). As per the above, it really is their most...
  43. Re: Suggest a smooth dark leather/tobacco/labdanum fragrance - but be warned, I am discriminating

    I have a feeling that OP is looking for something smoother although I love Leather Oud, it's a bit harsh in many respects.
  44. Re: Suggest a smooth dark leather/tobacco/labdanum fragrance - but be warned, I am discriminating

    This is a good suggestion especially if OP doesn't like loud synthetics.
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    Re: Finally got Bentley Intense for men

    This was my thought too OP: all fragrances are almost completely synthetic despite what marketing would love us to believe. I do understand what OP might be trying to get at - some fragrances (like...
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    Re: Rasasi Reference thread

    Just a follow up, I got a bottle of Faqat Lil Rajil and I was pleasantly surprised. Thanks to those that suggested it.


    I have only briefly sampled Montale's Black Aoud and I own Dark Aoud (which...
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    Re: Guerlain l'homme ideal vs Dior Sauvage

    I dislike both: Sauvage is a generic, fresh scent and the Guerlain is another overly sweet juvenile scent. If I had to choose I'd go with the Guerlain. Neither of them is offensive and I'm sure the...
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    Re: My Soon To Be Collection

    Given your requirements I would change your list from the above to the following, cutting out some redundancy and/or stuff that is maybe a bit too generic:

    Spring/Summer
    Mugler Cologne
    Acqua di...
  49. Re: Niche & Designer Summer Scents with Good Peformance

    For warm weather I go to the now-classic YSL Rive Gauche Pour Homme or the often overlooked Eau d'Ikar by Sisley also if you prefer something a bit more dandy and floral, give Caron's Troisième Homme...
  50. Thread: Rochas Man

    by chopwet
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    Re: Rochas Man

    I really dislike the Rochas offering. It smells like candyfloss, it's like a child's fragrance: a bit sickly sweet in a bad way. I need to revisit it but I just didn't get much coffee from it, maybe...
  51. Re: Do you ever think about how long a bottle will last you? *STATS INSIDE*

    I'm in the same boat, I tend to spray three times max of any fragrance and I always go for the smallest bottles when I can. 100ml is just way too much. I think if all houses sold 15 or 20ml bottles I...
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    Re: YSL L'Homme What Are Your Opinions Of It?

    Generic and forgettable, it's an echo of so many other mainstream average, crowd pleasing scents, rather stick to Rive Gauche and M7 if you want something from YSL
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    Re: Please suggest a spicy perfume (updated).....

    When I think of spicy I think of the following:

    Lutens' Serge Noire

    CDG's Parfum

    Amouage's Epic Man
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    Re: Caron Pour un Homme or The Third Man?

    To add to what many other posters have already said:

    3rd Man is a dandy, floral and slightly citrus fragrance that is quite versatile. I don't find it sweet, it is quite old school in feel. If you...
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    Re: Cheap and Easy Oud

    YSL M7 and Rasasi Faqat Lil Rijal both have my vote, the latter is more affordable and it's very good. I have both and I'm very happy, M7 may be slightly more versatile.
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    Re: Best introduction to oud?

    Maybe start with something affordable so that you don't waste money if you change your mind on oud. What about YSL M7 or Rasasi Faqat Lil Rijal. The latter has been popular recently and I picked up a...
  57. Re: My recent FragX/DHL horror story... to be concluded...

    Why not cancel the Paypal claim, ask FragX to ask for the items to be returned and then have them resend the frags using another service provider? That way at most you or FragX will have to cover the...
  58. Re: Fragrances that are hardly recognizable due to Reforms.

    I think you mean distinguishable ;-)
  59. Re: Best Cedar and wood prominent Fragrances What do you guys think!?

    This is the one I was thinking of too, I'll add to the growing list:

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    Monsieur by Huitième Art


    Notes: Patchouli, Cedarwood, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Poplar, Oakmoss, Incense wood,...
  60. Re: Terre d'Hermes, Citrus & Wood (Yardley) - old man colognes?

    It might smell French to you but it surely doesn't smell like "French traditional perfumes", a phrase which brings to mind older fragrances that have been around for many decades (Guerlain's Jicky...
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    Re: Is this a safe blind buy?

    Strangely enough I find them the opposite: CDG2 Man with its candle smoke opening the slightly warmer, although I wouldn't classify either as warm, than Timbuktu which I find quite austere, it...
  62. Re: Terre d'Hermes, Citrus & Wood (Yardley) - old man colognes?

    I beg to differ, especially TdH (I haven't smelt the Yardley): I don't find it traditional at all, doesn't it have loads of Iso E? I find it very modern. Although I haven't used my bottle of TdH in a...
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    Re: Coconuts, Coconuts, Coconuts!

    I might be mistaken but I remember Slumberhouse's Pear + Olive giving off a coconut vibe, have you tried it OP? It might be discontinued though?
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    Re: Rasasi Reference thread

    Thanks for the great reviews, I'm going to get a bottle of Faqat for now
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    Re: Aramis Havana - Worth The Hype?

    Havana is a great one. Surely many people think of the pleasant smells of pipe/rolling tobacco, which often has a sweetness to it.

    Havana isn't like this at all to my nose, especially not the...
  66. Re: Give me THREE fragrances you'd advise me to add to my (new) fragrance collection...

    RIve Gauche
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    Re: Villoresi Piper Nigrum

    Sounds great. I'm assuming it's similar to Heeley's Esprit du Tigre?
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    Re: Floris: Honey Oud or Leather Oud?!

    This sounds amazing!

    T. Habanero Notes

    Pink pepper, black pepper, cardamom, black tobacco, sandalwood, agarwood, incense, myrrh, leather
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    Re: Infusion D'Homme base

    Thanks for the reply, that clears things up a bit. Yes we're pretty happy with the Proteas (crushing Australia is so rare but so satisfying), seems like things are on the up for them, pity that the...
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    Re: Pour Un Homme DE Caron?

    Every wardrobe needs a bottle of Caron's classic IMHO
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    Re: Infusion D'Homme base

    Wait a second, has Infusion D'Homme really been repackaged and repriced?

    I've always thought Infusion was underappreciated and brave in being different from the rest of the generic designer...
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    Re: Rasasi Reference thread

    Thanks for all the reviews, I love getting great scents for great prices, nothing else is as satisfying!
  73. Re: Anything better than Raghba by Lattafa for the price ?

    Given your list I think you'll be happy, it's a great fragrance for the price. I don't like the 24 Gold at all but I like Lattafa, it's really nice and warming.
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    Re: Thoughts on Cacharel - Pour homme?

    I'm not sure how old my bottle is but I bought it this year. I can see what you're saying and I partly agree except I enjoy the whole experience from top to bottom, my big complaint is the lack of...
  75. Re: Tried the new Van Cleef & Arpels In New York. BAD...

    I tried it yesterday, instantly forgettable unfortunately. I'd wear their older stuff like Tsar or Pour Homme over this any day. I totally agree with the OP.
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    Re: This is Him by Zadig & Voltaire

    You are privileged to be able to afford such handmade fineries, unfortunately most of the world's buying habit are dictated purely by their ability to afford certain items. Of course this doesn't...
  77. Re: "Crossing the streams, it would be bad"....anyone try mixing fragrances?

    There was a poster who insisted that 6 sprays each of Le Male and Kouros was a great layering combo.
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    Re: The 'Right' Amber for Me?

    What about Etro's oft overlooked Ambra?
  79. Re: Dior Prive Leather Oud vs Montale Aoud Cuir d'Arabie?

    I concur, I love the opening of Aoud Cuir D'Arabie but the base isn't that great. I much prefer Leather Oud all around, if I had the money I'd go for the Dior without hesitation.
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    Re: Thoughts on Cacharel - Pour homme?

    I'm a big fan of this fragrance and I finally bought a bottle. While I love the smell I tend to agree with the comments regarding its lack of staying power. If it lasted a bit longer it would be...
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    Re: I need challenging!

    I love the opening of Patchouli 24 and I wish it stayed like that, alas the dry down turns into something very average.

    What about Secretions Magnifiques? That's very challenging IMHO.
  82. Re: Should Creed be now considered as a "Designer" Fragrance?

    Exactly, I don't care but I know using these labels can be useful shorthand to describe fragrances in a certain way although technically 'designer' should refer to fragrances produced by fashion...
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    Re: Name best lavender cologne you know!

    I thought the opening was the best part in terms of a blast of lavender!
  84. Re: And on the 8th day, ____ created ____ : great perfumers on their days off

    So the Herrera for Men is the one produced on his day off?
  85. Re: And on the 8th day, ____ created ____ : great perfumers on their days off

    I'll add another:

    http://www.basenotes.net/photos/headshots/200s/14226690057385.jpg

    Jacques Cavallier, the perfumer responsible for the amazing Opium PH, the ever-popular Acqua di Giò pour...
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    Re: Name best lavender cologne you know!

    Mt thoughts exactly
  87. And on the 8th day, ____ created ____ : great perfumers on their days off

    I'm not sure a similar thread has been posted, from recent memory I cannot recall something in the same vein.

    When browsing through the BN database I am often surprised to find certain perfumers...
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    Re: Niche - sweet & boozy. Recommendations?

    Don't overlook this, it's really pretty great for the price especially if you're looking for something boozy and comforting:


    Raghba Lattafa
    ...
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    Re: Cardamom - Which scents would you recommend?

    First thought that came to my mind is CDG's 1994 Comme des Garçons Parfum:

    http://www.luckyscent.com/images/products/21619.jpg?width=400&404=product.png

    Cardamom oil, Coriander oil, Geranium...
  90. Re: Gosha Rubchinskiy / Comme Des Garcons Eau de Toilette

    Thanks OP, the most interesting part of this is:

    Top : Angelica Root ess , Buchu ess.
    Mid : Mandarin Seed ess, Blue Chamomile ess.
    Dry : Styrax ess, Vetiver ess Haiti, Patchouli ess.

    I've...
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    Re: Dirt cheap 'quality' scents

    Guerlain
    Lalique
    Caron

    Those houses all have top class fragrances for not much money.
  92. Re: Body Kouros - something like it without the gasoline/motor oil.

    As per the other posters' suggestions: try other Menardo creations, there are quite a few outstanding fragrances in her portfolio. Like a few others, I too cannot detect the 'motor oil/gasoline' but...
  93. Re: What's your favorite "designer" scent at the moment?

    I know most posters consider Guerlain to be 'designer' but technically they aren't since they don't make clothing etc. like the traditional 'designer' houses such as YSL, Dior, Gucci, Lanvin etc....
  94. Thread: Similar gph

    by chopwet
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    Re: Similar gph

    I came to post exactly this. I do not find CDG2MAN to be similar to GPH at all.

    In previous threads like this, some posters have mentioned Pal Zileri Sartoriale although I cannot comment.

    I...
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    Re: Fougere classification

    I have nothing to add except this is an informative thread and I've happily just bought Fougere Royale
  96. Thread: Serge Noire

    by chopwet
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    Re: Serge Noire

    But it does!
  97. Thread: Serge Noire

    by chopwet
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    Re: Serge Noire

    I own and love it but I can see why many people might have trouble with it. It's spicy in a wonderful way, many scents are described as 'spicy' but Noire actually is: if you like the smell of a shop...
  98. Re: Do you think our peculiar interest in fragrance is/could be a sign of...

    You find posters like the above on all forums, it's nothing unique to BN.
  99. Thread: Best Coffee

    by chopwet
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    Re: Best Coffee

    Ca phe nong, khong duong for me every time. I miss ca phe viet big time!

    I too would love a non-sweet fragrance with the smell of freshly ground coffee as a prominent note. It sounds like the...
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    Re: I've never smelled YSL Opium

    I have the men's EDT and it's one of the greats. Don't miss out! Very comforting, especially in cooler weather.
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