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    Re: Macy's fragrance counter sales associates.

    This happens to me everywhere I go and it is extremely irritating and frustrating. It's their job to approach you but, after you've stated you need no help, they shouldn't continue to spray cards and...
  2. Re: Favorite Indie Scent from small or unknown houses -

    I like:

    West Third Brand's Tobacco 1812

    Smell Bent's Chile Vanilli - spicy patchouli with a bit of vanilla

    Sonoma Scent Studio's Incense Pure and Champagne Bois

    Naomi Goodsir's Cuir...
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    Re: Fragrances that smell rich/opulent/luxurious?

    Royal Oud.
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    Re: Designer or niche?

    Totally agree with nightcutter
  5. Thread: Smell Bent

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    Smell Bent

    Several times in this forum I have recommend Sonoma Scent Studio. Now I'd like to recommend another company.

    Smell Bent is a small, independent perfumer. As a counterpoint to the "seriousness" of...
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    Re: Creed to release a new fragrance this summer

    Hope it's better than the last releases.
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    Re: Name your Holy Grail. Have you found it yet?

    The closest I've come is Amber Absolute. Not perfect, but close.
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    Re: MDCI Invasion Barbare failed me BIG TIME!

    Can't wait until today's "popular," in style fragrances become the "smells like an old man" fragrances in a few years.
  9. Re: Who here has engaged in blind testing of their entire collection to determine their favorites?

    That is such a fantastic idea. I have TOO many fragrances yet can't contemplate getting rid of any of them. Let the testing begin.
  10. Re: So "Pierre Montale" doesn't even exist and isn't even an original French company..

    Wow! You don't like S&R? At least I have the courage to post my own face.

    The point I was trying to make is that care must be taken when using only words. Missing body language and tone of voice...
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    Re: Favorite fragrance from Thierry Mugler?

    I've had A*Men and all the flankers and Pure Havane is the best.
  12. Re: So "Pierre Montale" doesn't even exist and isn't even an original French company..

    Since body language and tone of voice can never be included in these postings, it's very important to carefully consider your words and the impact they alone may have on others.
  13. Re: So "Pierre Montale" doesn't even exist and isn't even an original French company..

    Too many smart a__ __ comments here. Believe it or not, some people were not on basenotes in 2011-12 or whatever year you want to use. If they're new, they can't possibly know what was discussed 3-4...
  14. Re: So "Pierre Montale" doesn't even exist and isn't even an original French company..

    That was my point during the Creed discussion. Some basenoters indicated they would not buy Creed because they felt their history as presented by the company was fake.

    I say to heck with all that...
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    Recreate Tom Ford's Amber Absolute

    I've completely fallen in love with Tom Ford's Amber Absolute. Unfortunately, it is discontinued. I have a decant but it won't last forever. So, I'm thinking about trying to recreate it and am...
  16. Re: So "Pierre Montale" doesn't even exist and isn't even an original French company..

    Harkening back to the recent discussions of Creed's "fabricated" history, does this mean we now also turn against Montale?
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    Re: Where are all the Vintage Creed bottles?

    OMG! Do you folks actually believe that companies don't exaggerate and lie? I really can't think of one thing currently being marketed that isn't exaggerated.

    The point I'm trying to make is that...
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    Re: Niche? Designer?

    IMHO, designer scents come from companies that do other things as well such as Ford and Armani.

    Niche refers to fragrances coming from companies that do fragrances exclusively.

    I do believe...
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    Not Properly Dressed?

    Stayed up too late last night and didn't get enough sleep. About halfway to work this morning I realized I hadn't applied any fragrance. I almost returned home but had I done that I would have...
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    Re: Where are all the Vintage Creed bottles?

    You know, what difference does it make? It's all about the fragrance. If you're so hung up on the "status" of wearing something from a company supposedly created in the 18th century, then obviously...
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    Re: Anyone has smelled this yet?

    Yes, Hodor, Hodor...it's anything like Hodor himself, I suspect it would be very much like extreme BO.
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    Re: Most nauseating fragrance.

    Many, but Habit Rouge comes to mind as particularly bad. Also, any "aquatic."
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    Re: One more niche episode with friends

    From the notes I should love this. But, I tried it several years ago then tried it again last month and, on me, it is a horrible stink. My wife has also tried it with the same results.

    We see...
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    Re: One more niche episode with friends

    Probably some truth to this but, if the childhood environment/smells have a big impact I'd be wearing Fabulous Fatback, Perfect Pintos, Boisterous Bologna, and Terrific Taters. Occasionally I might...
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    Re: A*Men Les Parfums de Cuir (Pure Leather)

    Great description. I don't like AMen because of the tar note so use this instead.
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    Re: Who is your favorite perfumer?

    Bertrand Duchaufour
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    Re: Are indie perfumes worth it?

    Absolutely. Two that come to mind are West Third Brand and Sonoma Scent Studio. I have Tobacco 1812 from West Third and it not only smells great but lasts forever. I also have a couple of excellent...
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    Re: What am I looking for?

    Incense Pure by Sonoma Scent Studio.
  29. Thread: Eau de parfum?

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    Re: Eau de parfum?

    I think this is correct. I also think that back "in the day" men used "after shave" to soothe their faces after a shave whethere at home or at the barbershop. They didn't want their fragrance to be...
  30. Re: Need Advice- I'm Invited To A $1million Party . . .

    #1 - Royal Oud
    #2 Aventus

    Just be sure not to use too much. Somewhere in the crowd will be someone who doesn't like it. You especially don't want the boss to be that person!
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    Re: i need a nice juniper scent

    I agree - this one is great.
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    Re: Hai Karate returns. (Seriously.)

    Ah, those were the days - Hai Karate, Jade East, Brute, English Leather, and Old Spice.

    Despite the fact that these fragrances used basically all the major ingredients of today's fragrances, it...
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    Re: Feeling the sampling itch again

    Not a recommendation but wanted to let you know I'm holding 200+ samples right now and would be happy to talk with you about them and what I might have that you want.
  34. Thread: First post

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    Re: First post

    Welcome to basenotes.

    Please don't wear fragrance to an interview. What if the interviewer dislikes it?
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    Re: Name some SUEDERAL scents!

    Naomi Goodsir's Cuir Velours (velvet suede) is awesome.
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    Re: Help me Choose one of these frags

    yes
  37. Re: Your top 5 niche scents, released the past 6 years ( Not including Creed)

    LADDM (sorry for you acronym phobic members)
    Chergui
    Invasion Barbare
    Aomassai
    1725
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    Re: Regret Buying Bottles

    Made many mistakes but learned from each of them what I DON'T like! I've bought and discarded many more fragrances than are in my current collection. I NEVER blind buy anymore.
  39. Re: I will stop buying bottles when I reach 50, no... 100!!! Please help me out.

    Adding nothing to my current collection, I have enough juice to last until at least 2030. My strategy now is to, where possible, buy only decants. That way I will have more fragrances and will be...
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    Re: natural smelling woody designers

    Try several offerings from Sonoma Scent Studio. Many feature natural woods.
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    Re: Getting samples when you're shy

    I got tons of Creeds, Tom Fords, Armani Prive, Jo Malone, etc. at these stores in Charlotte. You just have to act interested and ask. Tell them you don't buy without trying the fragrance for at least...
  42. Re: Fantastic Man Magazine and Discontinued Perfumes

    Holy crap! Royal English Leather for $8,000? I bought a bottle at Neiman Marcus maybe four years ago, didn't like it, and traded it for GIT. Had my crystal ball not been so foggy!
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    Re: Getting samples when you're shy

    Stores like Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom will cover you up with samples. I recently went to both of them + Hermes and came away with between 15-20 nice samples, some is spray bottles.
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    Re: After a new fragrance

    L'Air du Desert Morocain

    Santa Maria Novella Pot Pourri

    Serge Lutens Chergui

    Madja Bekkali Fusion Sacree pou Lui
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    Re: Negative Comments

    Thank God that our "sniffers" are different. We all tend to pick up different aspects of each fragrance. Me? My nose really picks up anything animalistic. I read reviews by others that describe a...
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    Re: Thoughts on batch numbers in general

    Maybe it's variation in the natural ingredients? Does an orange ALWAYS taste exactly the same?
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    Re: Straight to Heaven vs Aventus

    Aventus
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    Re: Will Lavendar Rob Your Manhood

    I didn't make this up - just sharing the research reported in a reputable medical journal. You can base what you do on either the scientific research or your opinion of one. Again, just reporting...
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    Will Lavendar Rob Your Manhood

    Just read about research concluding that exposure to lavender and tea tree oil actually activate estrogen receptors and block male hormones (Hormones, July-September 2010).

    Was wondering what...
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    Re: The Scent of Power.

    Aqua Velva
  51. Poll: Re: Single most helpful, yet unavailable, piece of information:

    Absolutely. Followers are going to wear what is "in" at the moment whether they really enjoy it or not. It's more about what others think. There are followers in every age group, but certainly many...
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    Re: Tobacco Vanille vs Aventus

    I actually love both. However, I prefer Aventus because:

    TV stays "in my face" all day and becomes overpowering.

    Aventus quickly settles down but I get a nice whiff of it throughout the day as...
  53. Poll: Re: Single most helpful, yet unavailable, piece of information:

    There are certainly generational differences, but you might also want to consider that "older" basenoters have had much more time to sample fragrances and probably have a much wider range of...
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    Re: Bought my first Aventus on a whim today

    IF the batches are really different, is the difference REALLY that noticeable?
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    Re: Why do you collect fragrances as a hobby?

    First, I love smells. I would use several fragrances every day if it were practical - when one begins to disappear, on with the next!

    Second, because I'm obsessed with the impossible - finding the...
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    Re: Suggestions on first Creeds to purchase

    What notes do you like?
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    Re: cheap alternative fragrance for creed

    Is Creed overpriced? Probably. However, they do use the best ingredients and in the end you get what you pay for. Am I a huge Creed fan? No, of their entire masculine/unisex line, I like only three....
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    Re: What famous people wear

    Most of you probably know that there is some controversy about the history of Creed. Some conclude that the earliest reference of a Creed fragrance was about 1975. If that's true, some of the "older"...
  59. Re: How much of your collection is made up of sweet perfumes?

    About 60%
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    Re: Best Tobacco-Honeyish fragrance

    Absolutely remik
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    Re: What famous people wear

    Inadvertently left off list:

    Nosey 49 wears Aventus, Chergui, Coromandel, Pour Monsieur, Royal Oud, 1725 and others.
  62. Re: Is it just me or not many people wear fragrances?

    Very low - especially among men. Guess most consider it feminine to wear fragrances.
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    Re: Genuine Resin Fragrance?

    Incense Pure by Sonoma Scent Studio is awesome and, the price is great. If you love a resin smell you'll like it.
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    Re: Hypothetical time

    B., just like I did when my company implemented a beard free policy.
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    Re: Your personal favorite cologe?

    I love them all, but LADDM is slowly becoming MY favorite to wear. As far as compliments from others, Aventus wins hands down.
  66. Re: Bois de Jasmin advice column: "Help, My Spouse is Addicted to Perfume!"

    I am the obsessed one at my house and it would mean so much to me if my wife would join in.
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    Re: Your "biggest regret" purchase?

    Too many to list here. A couple that come to find are Z-14, Polo Red, and Habit Rouge.
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    Re: Notes you can't stand?

    Whatever that stinky, fecal smell in the base of most Creed men's fragrances is. I also get it in Habit Rouge and M7 to name but a few others. Wish I knew what it is but researching the notes for...
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    Thanks you basenoters

    I just want to give a huge THANKS to all you fellow basenoters. Your opinions and advice are invaluable.
  70. Re: Your Wife/Husband/Partners Absolute Favourite Fragrance on You?

    Aventus
    LADDM
    Chergui
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    Re: Newby to fragrances and overwhelmed. Help

    It is extremely helpful to learn some basic French. For example:

    encens - = incense
    paplemousse = grapefruit
    cedrat = cedar
    bois = wood
    cuir = leather
    balsam = resin
    verte = green
  72. Thread: My First Creed

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    Re: My First Creed

    Aventus and Royal Oud
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    Re: Newby to fragrances and overwhelmed. Help

    Some of the better frags you might want to sample are:

    L'air du Desert Morocain by Tauer (known here as LADDM)

    Chergui by Serge Lutens

    Invasion Barbare bu MDCI

    Coromandel by Chanel
  74. Re: Top 40 Most Reviewed Fragrances on Basenotes with Overall Ratings

    Thanks for all the work you put into developing the list. It is very informative.

    An observation - and not a criticism - since more basenoters buy and rate designer frags, the list is biased...
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    Cuir Ottoman Decant

    Looking for a Cuir Ottoman decant. Thanks.
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    Re: What's Missing From My Wardrobe?

    Thanks everyone for the most excellent recommendations. I will try them
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    What's Missing From My Wardrobe?

    I've always found Basenoters extremely helpful in making recommendations and ask your help to fill out my current wardrobe. My regular rotation now includes the following:

    Chergui
    Invasion...
  78. Re: Realizing I really like Vanilla, what am I missing

    Check out the La Maison de la Vanille at the Lucky Scent link:


    https://www.luckyscent.com/shop/category.asp?categoryid=165&section=1


    I got their sample pack a couple of years ago and...
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    Re: What was your first Niche fragrance?

    Bought Royal English Leather based on opening. Got to the basenotes and it smelled like I stepped into a sewer. The fine folks at Neiman Marcus let me return it for a bottle of GIT. Didn't like it,...
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    Re: Calvin Klien Euphoria Gold thoughts?

    OK - this is intended to be funny so don't be offended. Honey doesn't sour. It's the only food that doesn't spoil.
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    Poll: Re: Favorite Slumberhouse fragrance?

    Love all the Slumberhouse fragrances I've tried. However, for me it was a question of, "Do I REALLY want to smell like this?
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    Re: What are you guys wearing this Autumn?

    Royal Oud
    Cuir Velours
    LADDM
    Aomassai
    Invasion Barbare
    Chergui
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    Sticky: Re: Which scent gets you the most female compliments?

    I regularly rotate around 20 fragrances and most are highly rated here at basenotes. The only fragrance I get complimented on is Aventus and it happens EVERY time I wear it. Mostly ages in 30-50...
  84. Poll: Re: Currently, when collecting frags, whats more important to you?

    Since I wear fragrance for myself, variety is my strategy.
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    Poll: Re: Antaeus Chanel vs Habit Rouge edt

    I really dislike Habit Rouge. I LOVE the opening of Antaeus, but on my skin the basenotes turn stinky. Several others such as Bois du Portugal and Royal English Leather have the same stinky...
  86. Re: Give me your criticisms on my next purchases (beginner on a small budget).

    MJ Legend is a huge bargain. It is almost identical to Bond New Haarlem and is a fraction of the cost. But, you have to like sweet gourmands...
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    Re: Looking for my next full bottle

    I concur. For the money, It's fantastic! Better than Tobacco Vanille.
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    Re: Womens fragrances on men!

    Coromandel

    Shalimar, but my wife won't let me wear it. Says it's for women...

    If I like it I wear it.
  89. Thread: Nostalgia

    by Nosey49
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    Re: Nostalgia

    Let me date myself:

    Brut
    Coty Nine Flags Hong Kong
  90. Re: I will stop buying bottles when I reach 50, no... 100!!! Please help me out.

    P.S. If you're still looking for ideas, consider these:

    Invasion Barbare
    Aomassai
    Royal Oud
    Coze
    Coromandel
    Cuir Velours
  91. Re: I will stop buying bottles when I reach 50, no... 100!!! Please help me out.

    To stay out of bankruptcy, I've started buying decants. Decants allow me to have more in rotation without breaking the bank.
  92. Thread: IB vs 1725

    by Nosey49
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    Re: IB vs 1725

    To me they're very similar. However, based on a sample, IB is much richer and deeper, has better sillage and longevity. I have 1725 and am trying to purchase at least a decant of IB now. I will be...
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    Re: Underrated Celebrity Fragrances?

    It's a gourmand, but Michael Jordan Legend is very nice and is, in fact, almost a clone of Bond New Haarlem. Or rather, New Haarlem is a clone of Legend since Legend came first.
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    Re: Whats next on your "To buy" list.

    Coze
    Aomassai
    Invasion Barbare
  95. Thread: Off-Topic

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    Sticky: Re: Off-Topic

    Millie Jackson - what was she thinking? That is simply horrible.
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    Re: New: Joop! Homme Extreme

    Anyone know when this is going to be released?
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    Re: Anyone ever experience a fragrance going bad?

    NO

    Is it the fragrance or the nose? What do the manufacturers say?
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    Re: Fragrance for Older man

    I'm 65. My favorites are:

    LADDM
    Aventus
    Royal Oud
    Pour Monsieur
    Chergui
    Burberry London
    Cuir Velours
    and, yes, Joop Homme
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    Re: Worst blind buy purchased.

    A couple of absolute horrors were Bijan and Rocawear X (which I received in a trade).

    Several other fragrances I loved until the basenotes were: Royal English Leather, Bois du Portugal, Ambre...
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    Re: The Most Sexiest Male fragrance around

    Despite what the critics at Basenotes may say about it, I ALWAYS get female compliments when I wear Aventus and, the age of those complimenting me ranges widely. I regularly rotate 10-15 fragrances...
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