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  1. Re: Royal Mayfair hit shelves at Creed Boutique tomorrow 7/9/15

    This is so funny. So I have 2010 Windsor and just received my split from Remik (thanks Remik, awesome as usual!!), and I remember reading your comment and thinking to myself: "mothball accord?...
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    Re: Dior Homme performance

    Do you happen to know the date of your bottle? This might be useful for establishing when the reformulation happened.

    Basically from 2013 to at least early 2014, I think, Dior Homme got stronger...
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    Re: Dior New Scent - Why so little info?

    Thank you for this wonderful post, and for this reminder not to confuse the skills of the perfumer with the tastes that drive markets.

    I think what people would like to see is that oh so rare...
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    Re: Which niche line has impressed you lately?

    I noticed that they removed the Hemingway branding from 1899. Too many Hemingway fans probably revolted; there is no way that Hemingway would wear Spicebomb :evil:

    Smart move at any rate.

    As...
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    Re: L'Air du Desert Marocain

    Naomi Goodsir bois d'ascese - also smoke and incense - sample it, it's great.
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    Re: Amouage fragrances

    very well put.
  7. Thread: Thanks !!!

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    Re: Thanks !!!

    Amen
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    Re: Chanel Egoiste 2015.

    Great news--nice to hear that some companies--Dior, Chanel, Guerlain--seem to care enough to restore scents to glory that had been altered by reformulation. I suspect that technological advances--eg...
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    Re: Dior Homme performance

    As I said above, I have December 2013 (according to checkcosmetic.net), and I get really good longevity--as in, better / richer / deeper than my old vintage bottle. If you go to sample, make sure you...
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    Re: Dior Homme performance

    Interesting. I have a bottle from 2007 and a bottle from 2013. I find the 2013 bottle to be a bit stronger than even the vintage, above all in the base.

    So this has gotten weaker since 2013/14...
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    Re: Tell me about Puredistance M

    Nice :lolk:

    Really like Puredistance M. But those who say that vintage Bel ami has "nothing to do with M"--I mean, come on, it's obviously a tribute, or if not a tribute, at least an allusion or a...
  12. Re: This Is The Greatest Sub Forum Ever Created - Can Any Forum Knock A Vent? Us? From Its Throne?

    Agreed, wonderful idea. Thank goodness.
  13. Re: The Official "Who Finds Aventus At Best Mediocre ?" Thread

    I agree 100% with the marketing thing, but I am really, really happy about this subforum. It's a great way for regular BN members to finally ignore the Avenuts (oops I mean Aventus) threads....
  14. Re: The Official "Who Finds Aventus At Best Mediocre ?" Thread

    You may even be right.

    But here is the real issue: it is Creed's marketing philosophy. Even with negative criticism, you actually play right into their hands, since their marketing is predicated...
  15. Re: Is 2001 Michael by Michael Kors still available?

    True, but Frank No. 2 is getting harder and harder to find... Lucky Scent is sold out, for example. They'll probably make more since it's popular, but it is difficult to source for now. Found some...
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers

    Light is a worse culprit than heat--avoid extreme heat temperature changes and be careful about humidity. In general, a couple of days above ninety will not kill your fragrances unless they were...
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    Re: Literally smells like wet dirt

    I really like Coromandel--but prefer it on my wife, since it kind of just fits her like a glove.

    Let me make a recommendation so that you can know for sure if you are simply afraid of patch: try...
  18. Re: fragrances with massive projection and longevity that arent sweet??

    Terre d'Hermes edt (if possible vintage)
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    Re: Richard James - Savile Row, anyone else a fan?

    I have both. The new stuff is great. It is honestly not that different, and most of the differences that I perceive can be attributed to age.

    If you can find vintage for a good price, go for it,...
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    Re: Bentley Intense - I am Hooked!

    I bought this scent from ebay a while ago. I can assure you it is not weak--on the contrary, if anything, it is a tad too strong. When I wear it, people notice. Honestly don't understand the people...
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    Re: Ormonde Jayne Black Gold now available online.

    Same here, and it was wonderful. I can say that it is definitely tenacious on fabric... I got 8+ hours yesterday at least, so very good longevity for me. Overall there is no way I would pay $720 for...
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    Re: Richard James - Savile Row, anyone else a fan?

    This is a great one. And you got the "vintage" formulation, if that matters to you. Richard James, who posts every once in a while here, says there has not been any change in formulation. As an owner...
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    Re: Bentley Intense - I am Hooked!

    This is one of those scents that seems like it is too good for our age. I mean, for $40.... you kind of know that like Rive gauche pour homme in the tin can, those prices are too good to be true, and...
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    Re: Ormonde Jayne Black Gold now available online.

    Great description Remik. This is exactly what I think about it. After 5 hours, I'm getting the "richness" you are talking about--you can kind of feel it's an extrait, with a steady and persistent...
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    Re: Ormonde Jayne Black Gold now available online.

    I just got mine--have had it on for around two hours now. I agree with Marais; it is by no means a powerhouse but I wouldn't call it weak (at least not on my skin).

    True, the sprayer does really...
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    Re: Dior New Scent - Why so little info?

    Yeah, that's what I was hoping based upon the original description of the scent as "charismatic dirty guy." I don't like Bleu, so if this is a copy, I will also be disappointed.

    Another...
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    Re: Dior New Scent - Why so little info?

    I like the bottle. It's not "Dior Homme" beautiful--but pretty classic / classy.

    Will reserve judgment on the scent until I smell it.
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    Re: Ormonde Jayne Black Gold now available online.

    I know, I couldn't really believe it when I saw that in my inbox! Really, international overnight shipping?! I thought there was certainly some mistake. At any rate, mine should be arriving tomorrow...
  29. Re: Creed Royal Mayfair Please Read!

    Exactly, +1 :D
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    Re: Ormonde Jayne Black Gold now available online.

    I also just bit the bullet. Should be good for fall / winter!

    Thanks for letting us know!
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    Re: NEW: Maison Francis Kurkdjian - Aqua Vitae Forte

    Thanks for the information--I wonder how much it will be in USD. That's somewhat more expensive than the normal line but less expensive than aqua universalis forte...
  32. Re: Which 3 soon to be released scents are you exited about?

    MFK Aqua Vitae Forte
    Tom Ford Venetian Bergamot
    Dior Sauvage

    Don't know if they'll be any good but I'm curious to try them. I have particularly high hopes for the MFK.
  33. Re: Creed Royal Mayfair Please Read!

    I would love to keep as much of my hard earned money as possible! I know Windsor, and I would pay maybe $100... and that is a maybe. I got Royal Oud for around $80 at Lily Direct, and that's...
  34. Re: Creed Royal Mayfair Please Read!

    My thoughts exactly.
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    Re: fresh fragrance for the office?

    +1! This is the one.
  36. Re: Francis Kurkdjian Daniel Hechter - Cuir Sensuel...... Revisited

    So I was in a supermarket in France, and I was checking out the fragrances section. Amidst all of the Playboy and Adidas, I saw some Daniel Hechter fragrances, and I remembered David talking about...
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    Re: NEW: Maison Francis Kurkdjian - Aqua Vitae Forte

    I feel like Aqua Vitae is underrated... a very pleasant smelling scent, great for hot temperatures, and in contrast to others, longevity was OK on me, around 5-6 hours. I would definitely be looking...
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    Re: Fragrances in Song Lyrics

    Drake has a song about Tuscan Leather.

    He even makes a reference to the scent smelling like cocaine:

    Yeah, Tom Ford Tuscan Leather smellin' like a brick
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    Re: new Dior for men this fall

    Well, the OP claims to have been able to smell it, and he characterizes it as "badass" and "charismatic dirty guy." I would be interested in hearing from the OP how he got his nose on this one and...
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    Re: new Dior for men this fall

    If this is the real advertising campaign, it looks like it's being positioned as the "anti-bleu"--couldn't think of more diametrically opposed advertising imagery.
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    Re: new Dior for men this fall

    Yes, it looks like a hybrid of a Dior Prive + Fahrenheit bottle!
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    Re: new Dior for men this fall

    I guess it is "Sauvage" then, at least according to this Russian site:

    http://tass.ru/kultura/2024202

    If that is the true advertising campaign, I'm guessing it will be something rather rugged...
  43. Thread: Life After Zino

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    Re: Life After Zino

    Guerlain Heritage has a similar vibe. But you can probably find a vintage bottle of Zino for cheaper.
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    Re: Today's Most Entertaining BN Perfume Review.

    Angelo Orazio Pregoni (from O'Driu fame) has been writing a lot of reviews recently... many of them very interesting, often hilarious.
  45. Re: New Luca Turin reviews: Dior, Elie Saab, Guerlain

    Interesting reading, and the reviews are hilarious. I like Dior's Fève délicieuse though much more than he did, so disagree with that review--my reading of the scent cohered much more with deadidol's...
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    Re: Pluriel vs Invasion Barbare

    Like them both, but I find IB too bombastic for my tastes and Pluriel is "just right." I didn't like Pluriel at first but I came around to it big time.
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    Re: I'm pretty much done! Well...almost.

    I have also cut down drastically on buying for myself. Now I concentrate on buying things for my wife :wink:
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    Re: Best MFK fragrance for Summer ?

    I got the sample set and was surprised how much I liked acqua vitae. I get pretty good longevity out of it too (8 hours)--and I think this one is underrated. Definitely something to try. Great summer...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    I haven't tried either of these, but my wife sampled them about a week ago and fell in love with French Leather (she specifically mentioned that one).
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    Re: Cartier Declaration d'Un Soir has blown be away

    MFK Lumière noire - a must try masculine rose. Some people have been grumbling about reformulations but I have the most recent formulation and it smells great.
  51. Thread: Essenza Nobile

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    Re: Essenza Nobile

    I ordered from them on April 8. It will probably not arrive for another week or so, so yes, in my case, a month or more. I had the same experience with FiF though.
  52. Re: New fragrance from Christian Dior, La Collection Privée - Coming May 2015

    Thanks Remik!
  53. Re: New fragrance from Christian Dior, La Collection Privée - Coming May 2015

    Thank you so much for this wonderful review. You have managed to analyze and articulate what this scent feels like (to me at least). It has become one of my favorites in the last couple days.

    I...
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    Re: What Is Your Top 5 As Of Right Now?

    Fève Délicieuse
    Neroli Portofino
    Derby
    Dior Homme Parfum
    Patchouli Absolu
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    Re: The hednic Appreciation Thread

    +1 to everything said here. There are critics and there are enthusiasts--isn't there room enough for both?

    And by the way, the only thing I was missing in Beranium Chotato's chart was: cannot be...
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    Re: The hednic Appreciation Thread

    He is awesome--a true asset to the community. I love it when he talks about his "overseas contacts" in some sort of rare acquisition deal... he's like the Godfather of BN...

    Congratulations to...
  57. Re: New fragrance from Christian Dior, La Collection Privée - Coming May 2015

    I am wearing it today actually, and it is in the 70s. I think it is wonderful, and it will probably work in both cold and warm weather. I love how it doesn't get cloying as well... it is present but...
  58. Re: Retiring from splits for now. Open splits have been closed.

    Thank you PalmBeach for all of your work over the years! Without a doubt you made many wonderful experiences accessible to people who otherwise would not have been able to enjoy them. At any rate, I...
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    Re: Frederic Malle - Cologne Indelebile - April 2015

    Well I blind bought this one so I hope I like it--it sounds like a nice summer scent, and my sense is this one is going to have to get a "full wearing" to be fully appreciated. The comparison to...
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    Re: What has happened!!

    So funny.
  61. Thread: Hiding purchases

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    Re: Hiding purchases

    My wife and I have an explicitly agreed upon "don't ask don't tell" policy about our purchases as long as we remain reasonable (which we do in general). If she does ask though, I'll tell her....
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    Re: MDCI Invasion Barbare failed me BIG TIME!

    The key to this one is not to overdo it. One spray and that's it (at least in my case)! Then it can be really nice. Otherwise, it is like a foghorn and can easily get overwhelming. Maybe that was...
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    Re: New Slumberhouse Fragrance: Kiste

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    Re: Maison Francis - pour le matin discussion

    Part of the reason you might not be getting that much feedback is that many people (such as myself) tried both and then thought the cologne would be redundant (because it shares certain qualities...
  65. Thread: Worth every penny

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    Re: Worth every penny

    Guerlain Derby. It is the most expensive full bottle I have bought (for myself) and it was worth it.


    For my wife: Malle Portrait of a Lady and Carnal Flower. Both of them worth it too.
  66. Re: New from Maison Francis Kurkdjian - Le Beau Parfum!!

    Thanks for your review, it's great! I am looking forward to trying this one when in Paris this May. I love tuberose, and it is one of my favorite notes on my wife ;)
  67. Re: New from Maison Francis Kurkdjian - Le Beau Parfum!!

    Would love to hear what you think of it! Does it lean masculine, feminine, or unisex? I am really looking forward to this one--I am a big fan of this house.
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    Re: New Slumberhouse Fragrance: Kiste

    Not necessarily--I am not a big fan of Herod, but really like Kiste. They are really different--Kiste has a prominent peach note, with as sjg3839 said, iced-tea and a little booziness from bourbon....
  69. Thread: Habit Rouge L'eau

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    Re: Habit Rouge L'eau

    Underrated for sure. Don't let the "eau" in the title fool you! Jack's description is spot on.
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    Re: Absolute Must Try Forest/Dirt/Air Frags

    +1 sample this one for sure. I would say it has more than "adequate" performance though--get ready for a ride!
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    Re: TF: Patchouli Absolu

    I think what you are describing--a "clean and smooth" patchouli--is actually what makes this one a scent people would pay $$$ for (as opposed to $80)! I would almost never pay $250 for any fragrance...
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    Re: New Slumberhouse Fragrance: Kiste

    I just had dinner with my mom (who is not a perfumista) while wearing Kiste, and I made her smell it to see what its effect would be on a "regular" nose, and her first words were, "wow, that's...
  73. Re: NEW: Acqua Di Parma Colonia Ambra (Ingredient collection)

    Interesting, if that's true, that makes more sense. But I thought "ambra" meant "amber" (e.g. this mish-mash of labdanum / vanilla / benzoin, not the fossilized sap)? Ambergris (which presumably...
  74. Re: NEW: Acqua Di Parma Colonia Ambra (Ingredient collection)

    Interesting... thanks for the heads up. I really liked the oud and leather scents, but this one doesn't sound as compelling to me.

    Musky marine notes? Don't exactly know what to make of that--in...
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    Re: New Slumberhouse Fragrance: Kiste

    I just got home after a long day of work and discovered this sample in the mailbox. First of all let me say that this is just such a classy move, even though there is a quite a bit of marketing savvy...
  76. Re: PSA: Counterfeit Tom Ford Neroli Portofino sold on eBay - DETAILS

    Thanks for the heads up! I was actually on ebay thinking about this one... but then decided to use my reason and got a place on one of your splits ;)

    It's also the season, with summer around the...
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    Re: Your going to Paris from America for one day....

    I don't know how good it is but the new MFK brought to our attention by hednic, Le beau parfum, sounds awesome (for women probably). I can't wait to get one for my wife, but it is risky since I don't...
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    Re: NEW fragrance: Spicebomb Extreme

    Interesting. Thanks for the information--cumin can be a problematic note, but I really like Spicebomb--will definitely test!
  79. Re: New from Maison Francis Kurkdjian - Le Beau Parfum!!

    I will definitely be picking this up for my wife when I go to Paris in May! Sounds wonderful.
  80. Thread: Royal OUD is

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    Re: Royal OUD is

    I agree with this. I like Royal Oud but don't like Spice and Wood, go figure.
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    Re: Unisex, or... is it, really?

    For the record, my way of thinking about scents is: wear what pleases you but it is also important to be considerate of others.

    It is definitely not unreasonable to take "social expectations"...
  82. Re: DHS 2008 vs 2012 - not to beat the dead horse but...

    I have both versions, love both versions, get great longevity and sillage on both. I think it must be a skin chemistry thing...
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    Re: Purchases for the coming summer?

    Try Profumum Acqua Viva--it is like an Eau d'Hadrian with better sillage / longevity. It is expensive though... whether or not it is "worth it" depends on you!
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    Re: Favourite "jammy" scents?

    +2 ! Too bad the drydown is underwhelming, but the awesome first 5 hours make up for it. I find this to be more masculine (and more jammy) than Feminité du bois, for example, which it resembles.
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    Re: Heat spoiling my new fragrances?!

    Just keep them in the dark. My wife has stored many perfumes in Los Angeles without air conditioning, and it gets really hot in the summer there--she has never had a fragrance go off (and has owned...
  86. Thread: What's New ?

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    Re: What's New ?

    In addition to those on hednic's excellent list, I am interested in sampling:

    Malle Cologne indélébile
    Dunhill Icon
    Davidoff Leather Blend
    Bentley Infinite
    Bentley Infinite Intense...
  87. Poll: Re: What's your opinion on Frederic Malle Carnal Flower?

    + 4 or however many people have responded.

    This is probably my favorite scent of all time: but on my wife! When she wears it, I melt. Instantly. It is also part of a special olfactory memory, so...
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    Re: Frederic Malle - Cologne Indelebile - April 2015

    Ouch... that does not bode well... where did you smell it?
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    Re: Frederic Malle - Cologne Indelebile - April 2015

    Yet another review:

    http://www.beautyminded.be/frederic-malle-surprises-with-cologne-indelebile/

    I must say all of these reviews have really piqued my curiosity!
  90. Thread: MDCI Resin Bust

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    Re: MDCI Resin Bust

    You're right, I do like the M7 bottle... And yes I have minimalist tendencies, so anything baroque is generally a no-go for me! :smiley: But for anyone who likes resin busts, those bottles must look...
  91. Thread: MDCI Resin Bust

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    Re: MDCI Resin Bust

    I find the bust to be so gaudy (but that's just me), I would actually pay more to have a bottle without it.
  92. Thread: I stink

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    Re: I stink

    I also love this one, think it is a wonderful fragrance--pluran's description above is spot on--however I have had it for two years and have worn it maybe three times. And each time it was definitely...
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    Re: Frederic Malle - Cologne Indelebile - April 2015

    Interestingly enough there is a mini-review in French from someone ("Sarah") who seems to have gotten her nose on a sample.
    ...
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    Re: I'm tired of poorly packaged decants/splits

    There are a bunch of awesome splitters on this site, every one of them who has great reviews: Remik, PalmBeach, Master-Classter, mikesc, and strifeknot are the ones I have used in the last couple...
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    Poll: Re: Project Finish Bottle version 2015

    This should be a basenotes mantra!

    And in my case it would be true normally. However, at work I am often in close quarters with others, so I have been using a subtle but nice scent that I can...
  96. Thread: Solei'l d Or

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    Re: Solei'l d Or

    I would wait on it--I had a package from FiF that was untrackable for a month--and then it showed up at my doorstep!
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    Re: Fahrenheit Parfum... Thoughts please.

    I like both the parfum and Fahrenheit Absolute. Whether or not you like the parfum depends on how you feel about vanilla. If you don't mind vanilla (although the parfum is much more than a simple...
  98. Re: TOM FORD SPLITS - International Shipping - most private blends & DISCONTINUED ONES!!! - $130 shi

    Wow, just received Tobacco Oud--really well done--split made it surprisingly fast to the U.S. from Canada. Thanks again!
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    Re: The NEW Dior Eau Sauvage COLOGNE for 2015

    I bet it will be a different scent and I predict longer longevity than the edt :thumbsup:
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    Re: Lampblack - What's in a name ?

    I also really like this scent, and it's weird, because this one has people on such different ends of the "taste spectrum" agreeing about how good it is. And you did a great review FSU92grad!

    For...
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