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    Re: Today I bought: April 2015

    Thanks, guys!



    Congrats on the Chypre Palatin, Jack. It's a beauty! In my case, It took two or three wearings to really click, but now I adore it. So keep that in mind if it doesn't work for...
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    Re: Today I bought: April 2015

    Hey, many thanks, fellows! I love this place...

    It's actually not till next Thursday, but I had to place the order today so that it'll be on time. :smiley:
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    Re: Today I bought: April 2015

    Ordered my birthday present today, a back-up of Roja's Vetiver Extrait.

    http://pimages.parfumo.de/240/18389_pmbg4x_vetiver_240.jpg
  4. Re: Your top undoubtedly masculine/Alpha fragrances!

    Roja Fetish pour Homme
    Loewe Pour Homme
    Loewe Esencia
    Creed Bois du Portugal
    Hermes Bel Ami
    Guerlain Vetiver
  5. Re: Mention "only" top 3 (max) from all of your fav. houses

    Roja Dove: Fetish pour Homme, Vetiver, Scandal pour Homme

    MDCI: Chypre Palatin, Cuir Garamante, Invasion Barbare

    Creed: Bois du Portugal, Original Vetiver, Aventus
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    Re: How many sprays do you need for a Creed?

    5-8 sprays, as with most frags, excluding Rojas.
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    Re: Today I bought: April 2015

    A back-up tester of Montale Aoud & Pine

    http://www.basenotes.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=36801&stc=1
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    Re: What do you think on Anteaus?

    Same here.
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    Re: Spring fragrances

    Lubin Itasca
    Roja Scandal pour Homme & Vetiver
    Creed Aventus
    MFK Masculin Pluriel
    MDCI Cuir Garamante
    Memo Irish Leather
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    Re: Which fragrances are brothers?

    Loewe Esencia and Lubin Itasca could be siblings, as could Floris Vetiver and Floris Mahon Leather.
  11. Re: "A to Z (14)" What are your favorite BUDGET fragrances ?

    Just another thought: have you considered sticking with niche (especially stuff you know you like) and going with decants or simply fewer bottles? I personally have found it very tough to go back...
  12. Re: Luca Turin Reviews Tuscan Scent Incense Suede by Ferragamo

    Well, as nice as Incense Suede smelled, it turned out to have really lousy longevity on me, so I brought it back and got a store credit. I had been using a sample, so the box hadn't been opened yet. ...
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    Re: Vetiver advice: help me out!

    The best I've experienced so far is Roja Dove's Vetiver: terribly expensive, unfortunately, but marvelous. Give it a try!
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    Re: just made mt first niche purchase

    Welcome to the Dark Side! :evil:
  15. [International] Re: Vint. Tiffany, Loewe PH, Prada, 1 Million Abs.Gold & Intense, Spicebomb, Bentley Intense, etc.

    Updated April 1st.
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    Re: Puredistance M or Roja Dove Fetish for men

    Wow, I'm new to Aventus (got first bottle last week) and find it terribly weak - seriously! I used six sprays, and an hour later it was a skin scent. I'd love the kind of potency you describe.
    ...
  17. Re: Basenotes Admin Playing an April Fools Prank?

    Yeah, wasn't that the one where only certain people (myself included) saw the avatar? It was some kind of monster. It was very funny to see all the debates about whether it was really there. Classic.
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    Re: 2 fragrances in the same day?

    Sure, I do it very often. Yesterday, for example, I started out with Bel Ami layered with Memo's Shams Oud (a very nice smoky combination). By the evening, I couldn't smell much of those anymore, so...
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    Re: Most worn March '15

    My three most worn in March:
    Lubin Itasca
    Roja Dove Vetiver
    Loewe pour Homme
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    Re: Roja Dove vs Creed

    I enjoy them both a lot. If I had to choose, I'd go with Roja, but sometimes I prefer the 'easygoingness' of Creed. Roja's scents are outstanding, but very intense.
  21. Thread: Hiding purchases

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    Re: Hiding purchases

    Hah! I can relate to that.
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    Re: Today I bought: April 2015

    http://www.basenotes.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=36431&stc=1
  23. Re: Luca Turin Reviews Tuscan Scent Incense Suede by Ferragamo

    Ah, the power of Basenotes (and suggestion). After my post here earlier, I went back to the shop and bought it. :o Am wearing it now. First thoughts: a solid, natural-smelling incense with smoky...
  24. Re: Luca Turin Reviews Tuscan Scent Incense Suede by Ferragamo

    Sprayed this on a paper strip in a shop last week (was drawn by the gorgeous bottle) and immediately thought that it's one I'd like to test properly.
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    Re: 2 fragrances in the same day?

    I use at least two fragrances per day, often three or four.
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    Re: Today I bought: March 2015

    A back-up bottle of Lubin Itasca. Just got my first bottle a few weeks ago, actually, but this one is good enough to hoard.

    http://www.basenotes.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=36395&stc=1
  27. Re: Fragrances you love at the initial start but dislike the drydown

    Could well be. It was from a sample vial. Glad to hear it works for you - the topnotes were very nice!
  28. Re: Fragrances you love at the initial start but dislike the drydown

    The most blatant case I've experienced was with La Martina's Bayres Hombre: a gorgeous juicy grapefruit + vetiver + cedar start that went to pot within ten minutes. The drydown was indeed a downer -...
  29. Re: Would you wear a fragrance that you like but might offend others?

    Sounds like the dosage may have been the problem - not the scent itself.
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    Re: What are your 3 favourite Creed fragrances?

    Bois du Portugal (especially vintage)
    Aventus (just bought my first bottle yesterday)
    Original Vetiver
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    Re: Today I bought: March 2015

    When Aventus first came out, I had a quick sniff (not on skin, though) and decided that it wasn't for me because of the pineapple, a note (and taste) that I don't care for. On a whim, I tried it...
  32. Re: Does Valentino Uomo really smell like Dior Homme/ DHI?

    My thoughts exactly.
  33. [International] Re: Vint. Santal Noble & Tiffany, Pure Malt, Loewe PH, 1 Mil AG & Int., Prada Amber PH, Spicebomb, e

    Updated 16 March
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    Re: Today I bought: March 2015

    http://www.basenotes.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=35940&stc=1
    Been thinking about picking this up for a while - the thread on it pushed me over the line.
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    Re: Shipping Fragrances overseas

    I've been sending fragrances overseas regularly since joining Basenotes in 2006. I always write "cosmetics" (or "used cosmetics" for opened bottles), and I've never had a problem.
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    Re: Most overrated fragrance on Basenotes?

    Well, if I define 'overrated' as scents that are or have been really popular here, but just don't do much of anything for me, I'd list: LIDGE, Fahrenheit, Antaeus, TdH, Tuscan Leather, the A*Men...
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    Re: Do you tip the mule?

    I put dog food outside on the patio for the hedgehog once, and he came back every night like clockwork for eight months. Once he gets out of hibernation, I bet he'll be back again. Think carefully...
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    Re: Good cheap gym scent

    Exactly - my approach too. Another reason is defensive, so to speak. My own yumminess protects me from the stinkers.

    I usually wear something energizing, something that gives me a... lift. :laugh:
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    Re: Blind buy mistake? Hermes Bel Ami

    Okay, so I've been sniffing and comparing the 1st (left hand) and 2nd (right hand) vintage versions of Bel Ami for about an hour and a half.

    As time goes by, the two have become very similar,...
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    Re: Blind buy mistake? Hermes Bel Ami

    Sure, good question. I'm going to a right-left test of the 1st and 2nd vintage versions right now (a good way to avoid all the work I need to do) and will post some thoughts later. :)
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    Re: Blind buy mistake? Hermes Bel Ami

    Thanks for the pictures, Megamav! I was also thinking of doing that. People often refer to 'vintage' Bel Ami, and it is not clear what is really meant. I have several bottles of the first two (for...
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    Re: Bad creed original vetiver

    I also had a bad experience many years ago with OV bought from one of the British discounters. The juice was substantially weaker than previous bottles I'd had. I returned it. I've had good...
  43. Re: Name your favorite unremarkable, generic, "eh, not bad," forgettable scent that you actually wea

    Tabac Man
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    Re: Changing your scent

    Absolutely. I usually wear at least two different fragrances per day - with or without a shower in between. I just put the new on top of the old. If the first scent is still lingering a bit, that's...
  45. Poll: Re: TF's Tuscan Leather vs. Acqua di Parma's Colonia Leather

    Good question, though I usually enjoy all kinds of tobacco. And since responding to this thread last year, I've soured a bit more on Tuscan Leather for that reason, i.e. that ashtrayesque note in the...
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    Re: waiting is the hardest part...

    Yep, that means "The item is being transported to the destination country and will be transfered to the local dispatching organization."

    Since December, I've sent six packages from here (Austria...
  47. Re: Do you buy fragrances that are very similar, over & over again?

    Yes, that's precisely the point, with the same examples, I was going to mention. If another wonderful variation on that theme were to come out, I wouldn't hesitate to buy it - probably blind, in...
  48. Re: Has your blind buy success rate improved over time?

    Yes, blind buying/swapping, which I still love to do now and then, has most definitely become more successful throughout the years in this hobby! Most recent ones were Puredistance M, Fougere Royale...
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    Re: Searching for a dry, powdery leather

    Memo Irish Leather offers a dry combination of iris & leather... yet its style is not classic like the Chanel. Might be worth a shot, though.
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    Poll: Re: Do You Have a Collection or a Wardrobe?

    On a gut level, what I had, say, five years ago was a wardrobe. Since then, it's been developing into something that feels more like a collection. I think that largely has to do, at least in my case,...
  51. Re: Memo now available in the US at Luckyscent & Aedes De Venustas!

    I have and enjoy two: Shams and Irish Leather. Both very nice!
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    Re: Puredistance M or Roja Dove Fetish for men

    As with Hedonist, I have both M and Fetish extrait, and prefer the latter. A gorgeous scent that I don't find dirty/skanky at all.
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    Re: Encre Noir must try?

    I love vetiver scents but didn't care for Encre Noire, in particular its inkiness. As mentioned above, it's also very Iso E Super-heavy, which some people don't enjoy.

    Sample first.
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    Re: Which Vetiver Scents?

    Of the four you list, my highest recommendations go to Roja's Vetiver, followed by Malle's. I also enjoy Creed Original Vetiver, in particular its refreshing juiciness (tartness & grassiness) and...
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    Re: Today I bought: February 2015

    http://pimages.parfumo.de/240/9443_sp6omrfpsp_240.jpg
    Lubin Itasca
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    Re: itasca by lubin, what does it remind you of?

    Resurrecting this thread because I've been sampling (and have now ordered) Itasca, and a link I keep getting is with Escencia Loewe (1988). Sure, Itasca has a fruity sweetness that's completely...
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    Re: Best Montale EDP for Men

    Same here. If you know Nasomatto Duro, they are rather similar.

    As to Black Aoud, I got a very strong rose note - made it unwearable for me.
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Two from MDCI, Chypre Palatin and Cuir Garamante.
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    Re: Do you ever swim in it?

    Absolutely! When I'm at home for the day or afternoon, I often load up on three to four fragrances at once! Enjoy that immensely.
  60. Re: Your top 5 niche scents, released the past 6 years ( Not including Creed)

    MDCI Chypre Palatin
    Puredistance M
    Roja Dove Scandal pour Homme
    Roja Dove Fetish pour Homme
    Memo Shams Oud
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    Re: What are some scents you ONLY wear for others?

    None - fragrances are solely for my own enjoyment. If someone else likes something I'm wearing, that's a nice coincidence.
  62. Re: Looking for fragrance suggestions my wife can also wear!

    My wife uses several of my scents. Her clear favorite is Creed Green Irish Tweed. That's an excellent one for shared use. Actually, since I never use it, it's her fragrance, not mine. She also wears...
  63. Thread: Beard or no?

    by ebear
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    Re: Beard or no?

    I've had a full beard for the last eight years. Can't imagine being without it. Since I have pretty much no hair left up top (and keep it buzzed down), it's a nice way to compensate... and avoid...
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    Re: Today I bought: February 2015

    MDCI Cuir Garamantehttp://www.basenotes.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=35054&stc=1
  65. Thread: Your Top 3 Notes

    by ebear
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    Re: Your Top 3 Notes

    I'll cheat a bit by using broad terms:

    Wood
    Leather
    Moss
  66. Thread: "Green" scents

    by ebear
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    Re: "Green" scents

    Two upscale (but gorgeous) greens: Roja Dove's Vetiver and Scandal pour Homme.
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    Re: Negative Comments

    I remember that my wife offered strong disapproval of LIDGE & A*Men - I assume because of the strong patchouli. I didn't like those fragrances either for that reason. Whenever she doesn't like...
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    Re: once you go niche you never go back!

    My tastes have most definitely shifted to higher-end fragrances - niche and designer - over the past couple of years. I'm also starting to think that, with few exceptions, there may be no turning...
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    Re: What's your favorite castoreum scent

    Another vote for Roja Dove Fetish pour Homme (extrait), doubtlessly one of the best fragrances I've ever experienced. Sheer brilliance.
  70. Re: Hypothetical: if your gfs parents asked you about your hobbies, would u admit to your frag obses

    My in-laws have seen my cabinet, but I think they find it too weird to mention. :lolk:
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    Re: what is the WORST smelling fragrance

    The worst in recent memory: Gaiac 10 by Le Labo.

    Just awful: salty bacon grease and cheap musky laundry detergent.

    Got the sample from Barney's in Las Vegas last summer, so I assume it's okay....
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    Poll: Re: how do you store you scents?

    Out of their boxes in a dark cabinet. It's actually an Ikea cabinet with glass doors, but I have large photos of my collection covering the glass to ensure darkness. It's a nice way to combine the...
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    Re: You know you're a basenoter when...

    When there's absolutely nothing that you'd want from your local Douglas/Sephora (designer frag shop)!
  74. Re: If I blind buy Encre Noire, what's the chances I'll be disappointed?

    I love vetiver but disliked Encre Noire. Struck me as very chemical-laden, with an unpleasant inky note. Also dislike TdH for the same reason ('chemical'), so I'm probably not a good measure for you....
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    Poll: Re: Men v Women: How many sprays?

    5+ here too. Always. I want to smell it!
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    Re: What else do you collect apart from perfumes?

    Fragrances are the only thing I really collect. I couldn't afford to have another hobby like this. :p
  77. Re: How much of your collection is made up of sweet perfumes?

    The number of sweet frags in my collection (approx. 20%) has gone down steadily during my nine years at Basenotes. I seem to be enjoying them less and less.
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    Re: Creeds I need to have in my collection -

    Thirding Bois du Portugal: lavender, smoky woods, ambergris. Elegant, timeless, gentlemanly.
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    Re: SOTD Sunday 18th January 2015

    Sampling eSENSielle - In the Woods
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    Re: Notes you can't stand?

    The absolute worst note for me is ANISE.

    Also dislike: oregano, heavy rose, heavy patchouli, mint, immortelle.
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    Re: Tonight I realized I'm in a fragrance rut

    Yes, for the dinner tomorrow, you're right to go with M7. Also check out its successor, M7 Oud Absolu. It doesn't have quite the intensity and depth but is a fine fragrance nonetheless.

    How about...
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    Re: Your "biggest regret" purchase?

    Yes, Ormonde Jayne Man was the same for me. I liked it at first (good lime & juniper notes), but there's a heavy dose of something (Iso E Super?) that got annoying very quickly. I pick up the same...
  83. Re: Name The Fragrances That You Consider Totally Captivating And Sexy?

    Serge Lutens Vetiver Oriental
  84. Re: King of Oakmoss: what is the best oakmoss dominated perfume in your opinion ?

    Yes, and in its older brother, Loewe pour Homme, I can pick it up even better. The current version still lists it: Evernia Prunastri. :thumbup:

    Here:...
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    Re: Fragrance that smells of urine?

    Eau Sauvage & Antaeus both remind me of urine and urinals. Tried both again a couple of weeks ago to see whether my impression might have changed over the years. Nope, still pick up that unpleasant...
  86. Re: Quality fragrances with prominent cucumber note(s)?

    Polo Blue has quite a prominent cucumber note.
  87. Re: Classic powerhouses, will they ever make a comeback?

    Indeed! That's the good news.

    I do have to disagree with you a bit, Colin Maillard, at least as far as one example is concerned: Bel Ami. I have and know well all versions of it, and I've...
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    Re: Vintage Pine Monsters

    I love pine fragrances too - great to see this theead.

    Adding to Ken's comment, Duc de Vervins L'Extreme (edp) is another good one: an aromatic, mossy, coniferous lavender. A vibe similar to...
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    Re: SOTD Wednesday 7th January 2015

    Vintage Bois du Portugal

    http://images10.newegg.com/NeweggImage/ProductImageCompressAll300/A017_1_20111221_857807.jpg
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    Re: What are your worst blind buys?

    Caron Yatagan, many, many years ago. Celery & cat piss was the shocking result. Haven't tried it since. Who knows - maybe I'd like it now.
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    Re: What bottle size do you tend to prefer?

    The largest available, usually 100 ml.

    Even though a smaller bottle would surely suffice in terms of use, the psychological satisfaction of the big bottle (plus the cost factor) gets me every...
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    Re: Which note ruins a fragrance for you?

    Anise (and other licorice-like notes, e.g. fennel)
    Immortelle
    Honey
  93. Poll: Re: Are you a fan of fragrances that have a soapy scent?

    Yes, I also love soapy scents.

    Two that haven't been mentioned yet strike me as specifically barbershop-soapy:

    Duc de Vervins Extreme - lavender-rich, coniferous soap
    Loewe pour Homme - lemon,...
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    Re: Most worn in 2014

    It's great to have this info available as part of the SOTD feature! Mine were:

    1. Bel Ami by Hermès 39 wears
    2. Esencia Loewe by Loewe 24 wears
    3. Tuscan Leather by Tom Ford 22 wears
    4. ...
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    Re: SOTD Friday 2nd January 2015

    Layering (as I almost always do) Memo Shams and Loewe pour Homme.
    ...
  96. Thread: Loewe pour Homme

    by ebear
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    Re: Loewe pour Homme

    I love this stuff, too, but I know only the current formulation. It's very heavy on the oakmoss, and I've often wondered how they do that given current restrictions. There's also a clear family...
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    Re: SOTD Thursday 1st January 2015

    M by Puredistancehttp://www.basenotes.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=33914&stc=1
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    Re: SOTD Wednesday 31st December 2014

    http://www.jovoyparis.com/img/p/5/5/0/550-thickbox.jpg
  99. Re: Bottega Veneta Pour Homme Extreme ~ new fragrance

    Same here. I enjoyed the pine & fir notes a lot when I sampled it but crossed it off my mental list after the surprisingly weak & short-lived drydown.
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    Re: Roja Dove appreciation thread

    +1.
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