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    Re: A Good All-Around Winter Fragrance?

    Winter and pleasant to almost everyone? You be wanting something with a Tonka note.

    At this point, people usually recommend YSL La Nuit L'Homme or Armani Code. But I'd say only the eau de parfum...
  2. Re: Great fall fragrances that were released within the last 10 years?

    Varvatos Vintage
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    Re: Best fragrance to mask cigarette after-smell?

    Another one apparently purposely created to blend with the smell of a smoker:

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    Poll: Boss Bottled or Boss Bottled Instense?

    Oh god no, not the original. It's got the "smells cheap, smells like crap" musk note that Boss seemed to put in everything from the mid 90's onwards. Intense does not, it is what BB should have been...
  5. Re: Accidentally bought TerreDHermes eau tres fraiche instead of normal TDH

    This AND the Pure Havane fail? Not your night is it bud?

    P.S. If you know how TdH smells and really wanted that, I can see how ETF would be a letdown. It's still a great one in its own right...
  6. Re: Just tried Pure Havane, what a piece of junk!! :/

    The cherry is there right at the start. It's not all that realistic, smells more almondy than just neat cherries, and flits dangerously close to Playdoh. And then after two minutes it's overwhelmed...
  7. Re: Do you wear/categorize the fragrances for weathers?

    Some fragrances are refreshing, some are warming. The refreshing ones really don't project well in cold weather, so you're kinda wasting it. The warming ones can be overwhelming and choking in the...
  8. Re: Do I have to pay tax if I bought 3 bottles of fragrances from Europe and bring it back to the US

    Anything shipped with alcohol in it will be held at entry until you pay 3% of its value. Much better to use your $800 allowance for carry on.
  9. Re: Joop! Joop Homme or Thierry Mugler's A*men?

    Joop smells better to me, but it's too potent. One spray will choke you out, and most people around you too. Whereas A*Men has that tar note that some love, some hate. I personally cannot stand it.
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    Re: Have you found a perfect fragrance?

    No, I have accepted that there will be no one Holy Grail for me, there will be many. But that's mainly because my mood changes so much, I like to decide what fragrance to wear based on the...
  11. Re: a scent that you like but others/most don't seem to like

    Yeah, orris root, therefore there is a bit of root veg in there. Although to me DH is more parsnip than carrot. I've had nothing but negative feedback from women regarding DH, they instantly screw...
  12. Mainstream but Oddball - Your favourite Out of the Ordinary stuff

    Lets face it, apart from Mugler Cologne, all Mugler stuff is odd, in the positive, interesting and unique way we are using that word here.

    I have four A*Men flankers in my cabinet, so viva odd, I...
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    Summer fragrance for under £40

    None of these are strong, but they are all orangy:

    Bulgari Aqua Amara
    Clinique Happy
    Varvatos Artisan (in Debenhams).

    Check them out in stores, buy them online (for around your target price).
  14. Re: Mainstream but Oddball - Your favourite Out of the Ordinary stuff

    Not mainstream in taste.

    Mainstream in availability, at some point. Obviously a few are discontinued now.
  15. Re: Mainstream but Oddball - Your favourite Out of the Ordinary stuff

    Almost forgot one.

    Very Irresistible Fresh Attitude (this one starts a lot like Live Jazz, all citrus, mint and coriander - a bit salsa dip. Then it morphs into the nicest hazlenut latte scent I...
  16. Mainstream but Oddball - Your favourite Out of the Ordinary stuff

    L Homme Blanc Individuels thread about really good designer frag you can still get today has got me thinking of another idea. While really oddball and frankly experimental scents are usually the...
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    Re: Top Ten Designer Picks - with a few rules

    Pure Havane
    Guerlain Homme L'eau Boisée
    Body Kouros
    Grey Vetiver EDT
    TF Noir Extreme (what? I love this one)
    Burberry Brit for Men
    DSquared Potion
    Givenchy Gentleman
    Eau des Baux
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    Re: Top Ten Designer Picks - with a few rules

    Hi matey.

    I live in a provincial, but large, town. 40 miles from the very centre of London. So I could include what I could get in Selfridges, Harrods, F&M, Libertys and Harvey Nicks. But I won't....
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    Re: need a light cologne

    On the Fruity front, have you thought of Fig fragrances? Two mainstream figgy concoctions I think you should try out are Dune pour Homme, and Gucci by Gucci Sport.

    They are both very light.
  20. Thread: Turning 41

    by andym72

    Re: Turning 41

    I'm 43 so kinda target audience for this thread... and I own 4 out of 5 of the frags Ken_Russell recommended! But I live somewhere with definite winters! I do remember it always used to be that...
  21. Re: No bull, do you think different ethnicities prefer different scents?

    My personal opinion, is that if there are going to be trends, it will be cultural, not ethnic. And yes, there is a difference between culture and ethnicity. Cultural groups are much more finely...
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    Re: Cancer treatment and perfumes. Help?

    aphexacid, this hypersensitivity to smells seems to be a chemo thing. Happened to my wife as well.

    You hang in there pal.

    Stick to Mugler Cologne or Jean Marie Farina. I suspect even Lush Dirty...
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    Re: Alternative Summer Scents

    L'Eau Bleu d'Issey Eau Fraiche. Linear, in that it's Mint, Rosemary and Patch. A bit of Bergamot in the opening, and a leafy green floral note in the middle come and go.

    Does minty differently...
  24. Re: I have long resisted a summer fragrance, but....suggestions?

    I'd second Vetiveru, and Guerlain Homme l'Eau Boisée. If you look into Grey Vetiver, check the EDT out first, just as potent, but the citrus top lasts longer.

    Allure Homme Sport Cologne Sport....
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    Re: Calvin Klein's "Reveal Man" Will Be Great

    My bottle turned up today. Because of the agave, reminded me of Xeryus Rouge, but without the harsh pimento note that never agreed with me.
  26. Re: Ever feel like nobody's listening or your fragrance recommendations go unnoticed?

    Guilty as charged m'lud. I try not to, but sometimes, you just cannot try something out first. So you then ask people opinion on BN, check out the note lists, read the reviews, find out who the...
  27. Re: Which two cologne scents do you like to wear layered together?

    This was an accidental layering, in that I had got so used to one fragrance I had on, I couldn't smell it any more, and I forgot I'd put anything on. So it was Declaration Essence with one of my...
  28. Re: The Most Beautiful Flacon Ever Created ? Please Post Photographs !!!

    Lots of bottle designs on here that I like already.

    That Mauboussin... only a jeweller could come up with something like that. And the twist to the top to open the sprayer has a great feel too.
  29. Re: Tough guy's fragrance. Kouros or Azzaro Pour homme?

    My Pa is a Kouros guy, but he looked at Fahrenheit (which would have been vintage because this was 1989!) with suspicion when I bought it for him.

    The look on his face was "WTF is this? Flowers?!"
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    Poll: Re: Fig, Fig and Fig...Which one is for you?

    Can I third this one? A lot of fig fragrances are very leafy, this one is fruity and juicy.
  31. Re: Would you rather have one amazing scent that costs $300 or 4 mediocre scents at that same price?

    Well, no, it's not what you've been trying to say, is it? Just looking a few pixels up from this post I can see the subject is "Would you rather have one amazing scent that costs $300 or 4 mediocre...
  32. Re: Would you rather have one amazing scent that costs $300 or 4 mediocre scents at that same price?

    For something I "just kinda like" to make it into my wardrobe, it has to be almost loose change cheap.

    "Just kinda likes" that cost $75 stay on the shelf in the store.

    Would I pay $300 for one...
  33. Re: Would you rather have one amazing scent that costs $300 or 4 mediocre scents at that same price?

    I don't think the pro single bottle crowd are saying they don't think they could find 4 good options for under $300. What they are saying is they don't want to. Someone said "I don't want to hunt for...
  34. Re: Would you rather have one amazing scent that costs $300 or 4 mediocre scents at that same price?

    Well I wouldn't go that far, but my opinion is you don't have to go for crazy money to get great scents. For example, my bottle of Costume National Homme cost me around £40. $65 maybe. Whereas it is...
  35. Re: Which "BIG" fragrance out there that just does not interest you?

    Really, nothing.

    Guerlain, Chanel, Dior, Hermes, Armani, YSL, Givenchy, Cartier, Bulgari, Hugo Boss, D&G, Gucci, Versace, Paco Rabanne, Diesel, Victor & Rolf, Aramis, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein,...
  36. Re: What do you think are the sweetst and spiciest fragrances?

    I'd agree. Nothing beats Blue Sugar for sweetness.

    Something like Eau Lente or Comme Des Garcons EDP would be my call for spicy. Clove and Cinnamon bombs, both of them.
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    Re: Masculine but not old men frags suggestions?

    Woah. LIDGE is just 10 years old, and according to this guy, it's dated already.

    Now I've heard it all.

    I thought gourmands were still pretty current. Are they considered passe now then? Have...
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    Re: Masculine but not old men frags suggestions?

    John, personally I think the term "old man" is disrespectful, because it's generalising. It's much better to go with personal experience, and say "what my grandfather smells like" or "what my father...
  39. Re: New: Kenzo Totem - Totem Orange, Totem Yellow and Totem Blue

    Kenzo's answer to Big Pony?
  40. Re: Should be more love for the Basenotes wardrobe!

    I'm up to date, but I'm always forgetting to use SOTD.

    Check out some of Grants recent posts in The Basenotes Lounge, some of the ideas people have mentioned are in the pipeline. Grant is working...
  41. Viktor and Rolf Antidote officially discontinued

    It's also appeared again at House of Fraser and Boots.

    I never really "got it". A smooth oriental with such a jumble of notes, you couldn't make out what was in it.

    For me, it is a good example...
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    Re: Jean Paul Gaultier Ultra Male (2015)

    Looks like Ultra is the marketing word of the year. At least in France.
  43. Re: a Celebrity scent you'd like to see on the shelves...

    No, because he's already got a restaurant called Dinner by Heston Blumenthal. So it was either Luncheon or Supper. Luncheon sounded sillier.

    How about....

    The Special One by Jose Mourinho for...
  44. Re: The greatest fragrance for men ever released (so far)

    Well, this is indeed a vote for my favourite, but I'd go for Equipage. It's old school masculine without being "Burt Reynolds circa 1975" if you know what I mean. It has restraint. And it is not just...
  45. Re: a Celebrity scent you'd like to see on the shelves...

    Luncheon, by Heston Blumenthal
  46. Re: Which house do you have the most fragrances from & how many?

    Thierry Mugler, with 4

    Until I bought Ultra Zest 10 days ago, they were tied with Cartier, Hermes, Joop and Acqua di Parma on 3.

    Buying several from the same perfumier makes way more sense to...
  47. Re: Quite hard to find a "sexy" summer citrus fragrance...

    You've already mentioned the top Citrus with a sexy sweaty musk note. YSL Pour Homme HC.
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    Re: Decline of the Cheap Perfume Industry in US

    No, it's saying Drugstore Fragrances now smell worse than household cleaner, but Designer brand fragrances still have the smell of "chachet". Whereas I think you got it right, where the article got...
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    Re: Your current scent is discontinued tomorrow

    Habit Rouge EDP

    No - I think I'd just get one of the versions of TF Noir instead

  50. Re: anyone hate it when they "waste" their fragrance

    I've got so much, that even if I do waste it, I'll never run out in my lifetime
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    Re: Best of the 90's?

    Green Valley, Boucheron Pour Homme, and Heritage.
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    Re: Best of the 80's?

    Giorgio for Men.
    No, Armani Pour Homme.
    No, Giorgio for Men.
    No, Armani Pour Homme.
    No, Giorgio for Men.
    No, Armani Pour Homme.
    No, Giorgio for Men.
    No, Armani Pour Homme.
    No, Giorgio for...
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    Re: Scents like Lanvin Avant Garde..?

    Absolutely. Forget La Nuit. Avant Garde is all about Tobacco, Amber, and the caramel like Ethyl Maltol. Only Pure Havane also has those notes, but there is no patchouli in Avant Garde, which is a...
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    Poll: Re: What's your pick(s) for Fig based fragrances?

    This is what I was think of when I voted Other. So many other "fig" fragrances are really fig leaf, not fig fruit. This is one of the few that is fruity.
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    Re: Man's best friend scent

    Dogs enjoy the smell of licorice. Just saying...
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    Re: a Modernist scent....

    Actually a good way of summarising the modernist school of thought is "form follows function, there is nothing decorative in form". And perfumery is so often most definitely decorative.

    So my...
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    Re: New Fragrance: Tom Ford Noir Extreme

    I've tried this in John Lewis and actually quite like it. Yes, it doesn't smell like Noir EDP/T, but then if you liked that and were looking for something else, why not go to the Guerlain counter?...
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    Re: Designer scents that equals or betters Niche

    Here is my take on it, and you'll have to excuse the words I'm going to use because I'm having trouble putting the idea into words. Certain fragrances for men have what I would call a "rich" smell....
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    Re: Guilty Pleasure

    I think I could easily handle YSL Black Opium. Actually, I think any guy could.
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    Re: Best Men's Gourmand Fragrance(s)?

    A lot of Gourmand fragrances are really Unisex.

    So I'd have to say the very best Gourmand I've ever smelt is Aomassai. With Ambre Narguile a close second. And Coromandel would be a way off the...
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    Re: Thierry Mugler Ultra Zest (new for 2015)

    Ultra Zest layered with HM. Seems to be a winner so far.
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    Re: Best 'Eau de Cologne'?

    This is how I understood the question too. My recs are:
    Annick Goutal Eau du Sud
    Miller Harris Le Petit Grain (like a Jean Marie Farina that lasts all day).
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    Re: Thierry Mugler Ultra Zest (new for 2015)

    Well, I went ahead and bought it yesterday. Also gave it more of a head to head with Pure Malt.

    There is a coffee note that appears in the middle and disappears by the time the frag becomes just...
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    Re: Cartier Declaration Colonge. What to expect.

    Debenhams in the UK is advertising it on their website.

    But don't be fooled. I ordered this as click and collect, went to the store... and they'd put in LEDI Summer 2015. They have got them mixed...
  65. Poll: Re: Poll-Best designer fragrance for a boiling hot summer

    My two absolute favourite designer frags for boiling hot weather are Guerlain Homme L'Eau, and Declaration Cologne.

    And they are both discontinued.

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    Re: What is this cologne called!?!?!

    To my nose, X-Bolt and Boss Bottled smell indistinguishable.

    But then I always thought Boss Bottled smelt cheap and nasty, having a discount supermarket clone it so perfectly just confirmed that...
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    Re: Cartier Declaration Colonge. What to expect.

    Now that Declaration Cologne has been discontinued and replaced with Declaration L'Eau (not that there is anything wrong with L'Eau, I just like the ginger in Cologne), has anyone found a fresh...
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    Re: Thierry Mugler Ultra Zest (new for 2015)

    I got to try this on Sunday at House of Fraser, and I'd agree with this summary. A bit of ginger in there as well. Even so, I kinda liked it, I might just get a bottle.
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    Re: Cartier Declaration Colonge. What to expect.

    This was my description of it in a previous thread:

    Take the drydown of Grey Vetiver, and make it more dry, parched. Add the ginger note from Origins Ginger Essence and then the way that Eau...
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    Re: blank front page

    How do we give Grant a heads up?
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    Re: Which fragrances are brothers?

    Jaipur PH, BK and LLAM all have the same mother, Annick Menardo. I've never got the similarity between BK and LLAM, for starters I like one but not so much the other.

    On to another of hers, Fuel...
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    751 blank front page

    According to Safari on my Mac, no HTML is being served at all, not even the <HTML></HTML> top and tail.

    Anyone else seeing this?
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    Re: The "last letter of a fragrance" game

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    Re: The best from each of your favourite houses

    Acqua di Parma - Colonia Intensa
    Annick Goutal - Eau du Sud/Mandragore (tie)
    Cartier - Must de Cartier Pour Homme
    Diptyque - Volutes
    Givenchy - Vetiver
    Guerlain - SDV
    Hermes - Equipage
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    Re: Let's talk about DSquared2 Potion

    I never got the connection from GPH 1 to Potion. GPH 1 was always one of my bogey scents. Just the harshest cedar going, a fair bit of pencil graphite core and enough black pepper to make my eyes...
  76. Re: Terre d'Hermes Eau Tres Fraiche - your thoughts?

    Never could get along with TdH. It's the terre note, the flinty, matchheads smell. Just turns my nose.

    Whereas Eau Tres Fraiche is missing this part entirely (which makes me wonder is it really...
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    Re: Is legit?

    Most of my stuff is from them. Not sure what stopped them sending to the US.
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    Re: Men's designer rose under $40.00?

    Have you tried Brit for Men? What did you think?
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    Re: 3 Fragrances you love by the same perfumer?

    Annick Menardo was my first thought too. I say Body Kouros, Patchouli 24, Potion, Xeryus Rouge, Fuel for Life Homme, Armani Attitude, and Bois d'Armenie

    Damn right!

    Mathilde Laurent:...
  80. Thread: The Life Of π

    by andym72

    The Life Of π

    I tried Pi Fraiche just as I was getting into this hobby, and really liked it. However, once I realised I wasn't just going to buy four or five bottles and that would be it, I started hunting down...
  81. Re: Why do companies "admit" reformulations by changing the packaging/bottle?

    I like the honesty of repackaging when they reformulate. It's like saying "this isn't the juice you're looking for, it's an homage, a new take that uses the original as inspiration"
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    Re: Going back to the 'dark' side!!

    Really? You too?

    Something else we agree on!

    Nothing wrong with Mall Scents. Plenty of gems if you know what to look for. Since most of us here wear scent for our own pleasure, if you don't...
  83. Re: ADP Bergamotto Di Calabria-Any ideas for blending?

    Can you return the bottle? If you can, before you do, check out the current Dior Homme Cologne. Really similar idea (bergamot into smooth musk), but quite a bit less than $150. Spend the difference...
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    Re: A*men in the summer

    Summer where? Summer in Tierro del Fuego, OK. Summer in Svalbard, no problem. Summer just about anywhere else on the planet? Forget it!
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    Re: Favorite Clean/Fresh Fragrance?

    Clean to me means you don't smell of anything at all. Soapy smells don't smell clean to me, they smell of covering up being dirty!

    The most fresh scents I've tried are Green Valley, Declaration...
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    Re: Alternative to Terre D'Hermes

    I have four "kind of like Terre d'Hermes" scents in my collection:

    TdH Eau Tres Fraiche. A bit more like Bigarade Concentree, and even though it's the "fresh" TdH, it lasts.
    Declaration Essence....
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    Re: Do you tip the mule?

    Yes, be careful, mule tipping may get you reported to the ASPCA. Those Donkey Sanctuary types can be really belligerent.
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    Poll: Re: Project Finish Bottle version 2015

    OK, I voted Bottling Plant. I don't intend to finish any, but there are two bottles I have that are getting very low... but they might still be in my bottle store in 2016:

    - A 50ml bottle of...
  89. Thread: Kouros Silver?

    by andym72

    Re: Kouros Silver?

    "The olfactory development of Kouros Silver reflects the evolution of men's perfume. Once all about 'hygiene,' it is now multifaceted..."

    Kouros has never been about Hygiene!
  90. Has L'Ambre des Merveilles passed people by?

    It's just that there is little if any talk about L'Ambre des Merveilles on any of the forums. I got to test it on Sunday, and it smelt great on paper, unfortunately on me it was overwhelmed by...
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    Re: Unusual Designer Scents

    I was going to say I don't like unusual stuff.

    Then I remembered I own B*Men.
    And Pure Coffee, and that's quite odd.
    And I like Xeryes Rouge.
    And Eau d'Ikar is pretty good.
    So is Comme des...
  92. Re: I have discovered the "come hither" holy grail ... Lancome Hypnôse Homme!

    When I first joined Basenotes, I remember checking this out and mainly noticing its Patch and Amber base notes, which is a combo I really like.

    As I got more experienced and attuned my sense of...
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    Re: Top 10 Least Worn?

    Black Soul Imperial (I'm holding onto this just in case I come around to liking it's scent or I find a layering combo with it)
    David Beckham Homme (got this as a present for Christmas, not tried it...
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    Re: What is your 'simple' favourite?

    Blenheim Bouquet. Four notes. Lemon, Lavender, Pepper, Pine. Doesn't get much simpler than this
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    Re: Must have unique colognes of all time

    Hermes Equipage.

    It must be one of the few early 70's scents to come through its reformulations unscathed, it straddles the Fougere, Chypre and Oriental genres in a way little else does, and the...
  96. Re: what fragrance did you take on your honeymoon?

    Armani Eau Pour Homme and L'Eau D'Issey PH
  97. Re: 2015 release: Cerruti 1881 Edition Blanche Pour Homme.

    I really like the original 1881. If this is like that but with Mint instead of Juniper, I'm going to have to try it.
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    Re: Is there a "THE" fragrance?

    Since you said up front "smells really good to you", you're not looking for a universal scent. Good. It's impossible.

    For me it would be Vie de Chateau Intense
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    Re: The $500 Challenge: 2015

    That $500 is before sales tax, right? With our (large) sales tax over here, that works out as £33.50 a month. Yeah, that's doable, if you are disciplined. Plenty of good stuff available on line for...
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    Re: natural smelling woody designers

    Oh wow, yes, this is insightful. A great citrusy top. followed by a very pine like wood note. And that smells pretty true to the real thing. We have a winner.

    Marais point about natural smelling...
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