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    Re: Cheap L'EAU D'ISSEY MEN alternative?

    Check out Illusion by Saint Charles Shave (www.saintcharlesshave.com).

    A descent L'eau d'Issey clone, and it's only $12.00 for a 2 ounce bottle.
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    Re: Similar to Riverside Drive??

    Without doubt, Great Jones is the reincarnation of Paco Rabanne (or at least a Paco Rabanne time warp)...
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    Re: You guys like GIT or Hamptons better?

    For me, it's just the opposite: I prefer Hamptons to Silver Mountain Water, and I feel SMW is the more feminine (must be the berry vibe, Hamptons has more of a briney twang).

    The comparisons that...
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    Re: New at Barney's Cereus pour Homme

    I agree that the opening of Cereus #11 has a prominent licorice note. I can smell it right through the drydown, mingled with what smells to me like mahogony.

    #5 reminds me very strongly of...
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    Re: Absolument Homme by Le Parfum d'Interdits

    I also sprang for an expensive little bottle of this stuff. Nice, masculine amber scent but on me it fades to practically nothing in about ten minutes. So I suppose one can say that it wears VERY...
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    Re: Which Creed Vetiver is this?

    In addition to what everyone else has said, you should be aware that very few places sell the 1948 Vetiver--even when they say they do. It's almost always the newer "Original" Vetiver. I've even...
  7. Re: My Green Irish Tweed seems very heady and musky.

    ...and no doubt whale vomit is used because it floats, while everyone knows where whale poo end up...
  8. Thread: Dunhill Pursuit

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    Re: Dunhill Pursuit

    i found it to be a nice woody-musky masculine scent with an orange top (and a touch of vanilla?) that pervades into the drydown. A fragrance for the office, but with a slightly provocative edge. I...
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    Re: Bulgari Pour Homme problem..

    I had the same problem with the original Pour Homme--it seemed to disappear as fast as I sprayed it on. I switched to the Extreme version, which I could detect for a much longer stretch of time.
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    Re: Review: Uomo? Moschino by Moschino

    Over the years, this scent has made its way to my favorites list. It's light but packs on pleasant olfactory punch. I don't know about smellng like "Italian man candy" (great phrase, KingMist!),...
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    Re: Office Wear - Allure Sport, Mania, others

    Of the scents you mention, I've used Mania. It seems to work well in a business environment.
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    Re: Why Do You Like Terre D'Hermes?

    Thank goodness! Serpent understands why someone might like Terre d'Hermes!

    I was about to dispose of my bottle after reading that, according to the extraordinarily prescient insight of Serpent,...
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    Re: Why Do You Like Terre D'Hermes?

    I get a grapefruit note at the beginning, followed by the aroma of wet mineral and pungent herbs (not unlike something I may have smoked in my youth...or may not have, depending on who's asking...).
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    Re: SotD Friday 4 August

    Today I'm wearing Terre d'Hermes. Once I get past the initial grapefruit blast, I find myself appreciating this scent more and more. Great longevity, and it really does well in the heat.
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    Re: Terre D'Hermes - Summer's Essence

    Well, the opening blast of what smells to me like grapefruit is a bit intense, but it dies away quickly and you're left with a really intriguing scent hat lasts and lasts. I keep catching whiffs of...
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    Re: CANALI Men by Canali - Experiences/Thoughts?

    Someone has said that Canali is like the scent of a very expensive men's clothing store, and I think that really nails it. It's not a "fresh" scent by any means. It is classy, somewhat on the floral...
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    Re: Millesime Imperial...A Marine Fragrance?

    A while ago, I sprayed MI on one arm and Unforgivable on the other. The difference, at least in the topnotes, was very revealing. I was surprised to smell how salty/tangy the Creed was as compared...
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    Re: Fragrance of the Day Wednesday June 28

    Armani Mania for the daytime, switching to Green Irish Tweed for the evening....
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    Re: Armani Mania and Code

    Armania Mania is currently in my top 5. I find it to be very suitable for work--sharp in a refined way, masculine yet highly civilized. I find myself reaching for it more and more, and for my niche...
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    Re: SOTD Friday 2 June

    Today I wore, and continue to wear into the evening:

    HAMPTONS by Bond No. 9.

    This is practically my signature fragrance in the warm weather....
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    Re: Millisime Imperial Top Note

    For me, the opening of MI is what I like best!
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    Re: SOTD Thursday June 1

    Handsome by Tova for me today.

    I've said it before, I'm saying it now, and no doubt will say it again...

    ....this is one underappreciated gem of a masculne fragrance!
  23. Re: Bulgari PH / BPH Extreme vs Gendarme PH?  

    I use both Gendarme and Bulgari PH Extreme. For me the Bulgari is definetly the more commanding of the two, and I find myself reaching for it when I want that "power" edge. I love them both, though....
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    Which Gendarme do you prefer?

    They're similar, they're different. What say you?
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    Re: SOTD Friday 12 May

    Today I wore Marquis by Crown Perfumery.

    An elegant citrus scent with good staying power...

    For a lime-based interpretation, I recommend Spiced Limes by Crown, the only lime scent I've...
  26. Re: The scents that are so good that you save them

    Ditto on the Hamptons. I also find myself conserving my 2.5 ounce bottle of Creed 1948 Vetiver...
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    Re: SOTD Tuesday 9 May

    Geo. F. Trumper's Spanish Leather. A blind purchase which I've quickly grown to love...
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    Re: SotD Monday 8 May

    The little-mentioned but excellent

    Handsome Pour Homme by Tova

    Rich and delicious-smelling without being cloying, overpowering, or "foody". A very classy, delightful scent.
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    Re: Underappreciated Creeds

    Another vote for Creed's 1948 Vetiver!
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    Kouros = T&H?!

    I just tried Truefitt & Hill's Spanish Leather, and it immediately reminded me of something from my distant past...hmmm, I KNOW I've smelled something like this before...

    ...and then it hit me:...
  31. Thread: Canali

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    Re: Canali

    I agree. This is a superb fragrance and should be in the directory!
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    Re: Spanish Leather any good? Who amkes best SL???

    Welcome to the forum!

    So far, my Spansih Leather experience is limited to Trumper's version--which reminds me of very expernsive, rose and/or violet-scented soap. Although it has a distinct floral...
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    Re: Top 3 most masculine scents

    Let us not forget to mention a truly classic masculine scent:

    Eucris by Geo. Trumper
  34. Re: Looking for elegant, sophisticated office frag

    In no particular order:

    Bulgari Pour Homme Extreme

    Canali

    Armani Mania (lightly applied)

    Hugh Parsons Blue
  35. Thread: 3 Best Creeds

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    Re: 3 Best Creeds

    Not in any particular order:

    Himalaya
    Green Irish Tweed
    1948 Vetiver (not Original Vetiver)
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    Antaeus and Basala

    I always thought that Basala reminded me of some other fragrance, but never knew which one...until today, when it hit me: *Antaeus! *I detect that distinctive sweet-leathery note in both scents.
    ...
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    Re: The Beautiful Silver Mountain Water

    If you love Silver Mountain Water, I suggest you try Hamptons by Bond No. 9. *It's SMW but a bit sharper, more aquatic rather than berry-like, with much better longevity and projection. *I began my...
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    Re: The most BEAUTIFUL fragrance you have tried/ow

    My most beautiful fragrance is Creed Himalaya....if it weren't so weak, it would probably be illegal...
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    Re: A truly clean fragrance

    When I'm going for that clean vibe, I reach for:

    Gendarme V

    Creed Vetiver 1948

    Hermes Concentre D'Orange Verte
  40. Re: Sean John steals Milliseme Imperial! UNFORGIVA

    My reaction when I tried it:

    A Creed Millesime Imperial dead ringer!

    Followed by a Bond No. 9 Wall Street dead ringer!

    Hmmm...high-end, pricey niche fragrances for the massses?!
  41. Re: Fragrances you consider to be totally *OVERRAT

    Excellent observation! In my opinion, "overrated" is just another way of saying that something is getting "an excess of underserved attention". And rendering judgement as to whether or not the...
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    Re: Name the BEST Bond

    Without question, it would be Hamptons. Sharp, aquatic, long-lasting with really great sillage. Everythng Silver Mountain Water (and possibly Erolfa) should be, but isn't.
  43. Re: Fragrances you consider to be totally *UNDERRA

    And while we're on the subject...

    Shiseido BASALA for Men

    Deep, dry, masculine and somewhat mysterious....
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    Re: Guerlain Vetiver or Creed Vetiver 1948

    Good point. The vetiver in the Guerlain is more "up front" and a bit more pungent; in the 1948 Creed it's more of an equal partner in the overall blend. So the 1948 could be considered a vetiver for...
  45. Re: Fragrances you consider to be totally *UNDERRA

    I would also like to offer Handsome by Tova as a really great scent that is rarely mentioned. I bought it blind based on some very positive reviews here and elsewhere, and it's one of the VERY few...
  46. Re: Fragrances you consider to be totally *UNDERRA

    Another vote for Hugh Parsons Blue! *A fresh masculine fragrance that deserves a wider audience.
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    Re: Vetiver Colognes !

    Another vote for the wonderful Creed 1948 Vetiver.
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    The utterly remarkable 1948 Vetiver by Creed. An entirely different breed from their often-mentioned "Original" Vetiver; much better, in my opinion.
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    Re: Guerlain Vetiver or Creed Vetiver 1948

    Without question, the Creed 1948.

    The Guerlain is a fine and enjoyable fragrance, but the Creed 1948 Vetiver is in a class by itself. *It is amazingly fresh and masculine, as uplifting as bottled...
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    Issey Miyake Bleue ??!!

    This has got to be the most "out there" mainstream fragrance I've ever smelled. *First it smells weirdly medicinal, then vaguely vegetable-like, finally drying down to a fairly pleasant scent that...
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    Re: Similar Fragrances

    To me, Bond No. 9's Great Jones is an exact replica of the original Paco Rabanne Pour Homme.

    Unlike Chez Bond and Hamptons, which develop differently from their Creed models, Great Jones is...
  52. Thread: lime

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    Re: lime

    I used to wear and enjoy Contradiction in part because of the lime note that was held in tension among the woods and musk.
  53. Thread: Metallic notes?

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    Re: Metallic notes?

    Rive Gauche Pour Homme achieves an interesting metallic patchouli effect.

    I also find Himalaya to have a wonderfully "cold" metallic note.
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    Re: SotD [Friday, 17 March 2006]

    On today of all days, what else but:

    Green Irish Tweed *:D
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    Re: mineralic scents?

    Another nod in the direction of Creed's 1948 Vetiver (the true original)--it has a very pleasant wet stone-like undertone that must be smelled to be appreciated. I can wear this scent repeatedly and...
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    Re: Handsome, anyone?

    No, I don't detect any coffee in Handsome. Just as well, since although I love coffee I don't care to smell like a cup o' joe. In fact, that's just the thing I like so much about this scent--it's...
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    Handsome, anyone?

    I bought Handsome (by Tova) blind a while back, based on (what else?) some glowing reviews both here and at perfumeemporium.com. *

    I finally got around to wearing it out today, and I must say...
    ...
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    Re: Bulgari PH or Gendarme?

    Personally, I'd put the choice between Bulgari PH Extreme and Gendarme V....

    Of those two, I find the Bulgari to be a bit classier and the Gendarme to be a bit more rugged. I enjoy both of them.
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    Re: let us find a king

    The King of Basenotes should look down from the snow-laden heights, therefore it must be:

    HIMALAYA
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    For Fresh, Clean, Masculine, It's...

    ...probably one few have thought of, but I must say that this scent has been proving itself to be a real freshness winner on me since I got it last week. *That scent is:

    Creed Vetiver (1948)

    I...
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    Re: When you're tired of subtlety

    These days when I feel like getting down with my bad self, I'll use one of the following:

    Rive Gauche Pour Homme
    Ralph Lauren Purple Label
    Bond No. 9 Great Jones

    In the days of my youth,...
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    Re: SOTD Monday 20 February

    Yesterday day: Gendarme V

    Yesterday evening: PdN's New York

    Today: the incomparable Creed 1948 Vetiver
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    Re: New: Jack Black scent trio.

    I trried all three and would up purchasing Signature Blue Mark. It has an herbal freshness that makes it a very serviceable work scent.
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    Re: The Battle of Eau D'orange Vert

    The Concentree has the great overall smell of the original, with a fullness and presence the original famously lacks....
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    Re: What's your favorite Creed?

    May I recommend my new favorite Creed fragrance:

    The first (1948) Vetiver. Suppsedly worn by JFK. Clean, masculine, and unique.
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    Re: hamptons is a smw clone ?

    Hamptons and SMW are indeed similar in the opening, but I find Hamptons to be sharper and more marine in nature, while SMW brings out the berry and tea aspects more.

    From personal experience, I...
  67. Thread: Vetiver 1948

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    Vetiver 1948

    I just got my bottle of Creed's first Vetiver, introduced in 1948. WOW. This beauty has zoomed to the top of my list, replacing the excellent Hamptons by Bond No. 9. Now this is a vetiver I could...
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    Re: "Clean" Scent recommandations

    Another vote for this truly unique and underappreciated fragrance!
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    Re: Paco XS and Creed Himalaya

    I think you would find Imperial Millesime to be a unique experience--it doesn't smell quite like anything outside the Creed line (it reminds me a bit of Erolfa, and some say it reminds them of Silver...
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    Re: Paco XS and Creed Himalaya

    They are indeed similar in the opening, but to me they part ways on the drydown. XS goes in a sporty light woody direction, while Himalaya heads down a more oriental path of incense over the Creed...
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    Re: Reviews by de Charlus..

    Naed Nitram = Martin Dean (or perhaps Dean Martin) spelled backwards, if that's of any help....[/quote]


    But who is Ed Sulrahc?[/quote]

    Ed Sulrahc=Charlus dE backwards...:P[/quote]

    Didn't...
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    Re: Reviews by de Charlus..

    Naed Nitram = Martin Dean (or perhaps Dean Martin) spelled backwards, if that's of any help....
  73. Re: Recommendations needed: Masculine office scent

    The following scents are or have been in my office rotation:

    Gendarme V
    Grabazzi
    Bulgari Pour Homme Extreme
    Signature Blue Mark
    Hugh Parsons (blue)
    Paco Rabanne XS
    Tabarome Millesime
    Silver...
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    Re: Silver Mountain Water

    I own and wear both SMW and Hamptons, and have referred to the latter as a "better SMW than SMW". Lately, however, I've been regarding them as variations on a theme. Hamptons is the sharper, more...
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    Re: Creed Fan; What Justifys the Price IYO

    Very well put! Although not all Creeds are created equal (to my nose, anyway), as a whole they are an outstanding bunch with more than their share of first-rate scents of distinction.
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    Re: SOTD Saturday 14 January 2006

    Today I'm wearing Signature Blue Mark by Jack Black. Very pleasant and easy to wear!
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    Re: Le Dandy--A scent for all occassions

    I seem to recall someone saying that John Varvatos is similar to Le Dandy. Any takers on that comparison?
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    Re: SotD, Monday January 9

    The delightfully citrus woody 99 Regent Street! (aka Hugh Parsons yellow)
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    Re: Contradiction: underrated?

    I used wear Contradiction when it first came out. I liked it a lot, and have always considered it to be the best Calvin Klein fragrance for men. It's a shame that it's been discontinued.
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    Re: Silver Mountain Water: feminine?

    I appreciate everyone's responses!

    So far, the prevailing opinion seems to be that SMW is a little to the masculine side of the genderless line, but with (as I interpret what people are saying) a...
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    Silver Mountain Water: feminine?

    Do you think Silver Mountain Water is more feminine than masculine?

    I find myself going back and forth on this issue, and would appreciate hearing your opinions!
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    Re: Hugh Parsons 99 Regent Street

    I've just returned from Nordstom's with, among other things, a bottle of 99 Regent Street.

    It does indeed remind me of Green Irish Tweed--less harsh, with a more dry herbal base. I am also...
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    Re: Most Disappointing Fragrance Award

    Please, don't hold back...
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    Re: Most Disappointing Fragrance Award

    With the exception of Hamptons and Chez Bond, I concur with your disappointment regarding the other Bond No. 9 fragrances.........Now we're rolling! More disappointments, please!
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    Re: Most Disappointing Fragrance Award

    Which Bond No. 9 fragrances did you try that you found disappointing?
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    Most Disappointing Fragrance Award

    In the spirit of Festivus, I ask my fellow Basenoters to gather around the aluminum pole to tell all the following:

    Which fragrance has disappointed you the most?

    In other words: what is the...
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    Re: Fresh fragrance for work?

    Hamptons is at the top of my list for any occasion. It's definitely light, sharp, and marine with great sillage and good lonevity. (To me, it's the perfected version of Silver Mountain Water). Just...
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    Re: Masculine Vanilla Frags

    In my experience, "masculine vanilla" is a contradiction in terms....
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    Re: Geir vs. Clean Men

    Geir is nice, but is a bit too intensely floral for my taste....
  90. Thread: Clean Men

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    Re: Clean Men

    I've been a fan of Clean Men for some time. It's fresh, clean, and sensuous all at once, and I haven't smelled anything quite like it anywhere--so throw in unique as well. I don't wear it that often,...
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    Re: The BEST Fragrance House

    The houses whose products I'm currently most interested in:

    Bond No. 9
    Creed
    Gendarme
    Ralph Lauren

    RL is the only designer house in the list-- Romance and Purple Label compel my respect...
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    Re: Anything similiar to RL Romance Silver?

    I agree that Purple Label is similar to Silver (a bit drier and more complex). I disagree about Romance, though--I have it and don't think it smells much like Silver at all (I like it better).
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    Re: SOTD Wednesday 23 November

    Grabazzi by Gendarme for me today.

    Although I read somewhere that "Grabazzi" is a made-up word, I propose that we give it a meaning: henceforth, "Grabazzi" is Italian for "You smell great--I will...
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    Re: Hugh Parsons 99 Regent Street

    Nordstrom's you say? I'll have to check it out, as I have Hugh Parsons Blue in my collection and really like it (in fact, I reviewed it).

    BTW, a very nice take on GIT is Chez Bond by Bond No. 9. A...
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    Re: Paco Rabanne XS & Extreme

    Well, I didn't want to tip my hand until some other members responded, but here goes:

    They smell identical to me, the Extreme version being slightly more pronounced. A good thing indeed from my...
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    Re: SOTD Tuesday 22 November

    For a day tramping around a cold and rainy New York City....

    New York by Patricia de Nicolai (of course).
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    Re: What alchoholics call a moment of clarity

    In the context of the Basenotes forum, you are, at worst, eccentric; at best, creative and imaginative.

    In the context of the world outside Basenotes, you're nuts.

    But we understand....
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    Paco Rabanne XS & Extreme

    I love Paco Rabanne XS (the poor man's Himalaya) and recently acquired the Extreme version from ScentedMonkey.com (does it say something about your obsession when you start buying from outfits named...
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    Re: Similarities between Erolfa and MI

    On me, both are very light. However, the last time I tried Erolfa, it disappeared almost immediately every time I sprayed it on. At least Imperiale hangs around for a while..a little while, granted,...
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    Re: SOTD Wednesday 16 November

    Today I wore the not-so-well-known-but-excellent-nonetheless

    Hugh Parsons (Blue)

    A fine, soft traditional English-style scent that wears well for any occasion, and really lasts....
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