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    Re: Today I bought...September 2015

    Very nice one! One of the best myrrh focused fragrances around, IMHO. I hope to pick that up someday. :)
  2. Thierry Bernard, "My Fragrance" - indie house

    I imagine there are many, many small time perfumers in France given its association with the art, but probably most go "undetected" by the masses. It must be very competitive to make it into a...
  3. Re: What do you dislike the most about your fragrance hobby?

    Yeah Beck, it'll depend a lot on where you go. I was at Bergdorf Goodman and the woman manning the Creed counter seemed to scope me as a "no buy" kind of guy, despite being well dressed on my visit....
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    Re: Today I bought September 2015

    Fantastic score, CM! Especially on that Vetiver Oriental. Super. :beer:


    http://www.perfumela.com/images/full/Pourun-Home-by-Caron-for-Me.jpg

    A very modest purchase for a rather simple...
  5. Re: CLUB DE NUIT INTENSE AND POUR LUI by RASASI are the same scent

    ^ Thanks, David. Good to know. I think I'll be going for the CDNIM when it's on sale again. :)
  6. Re: Segura Parfums (Spain) - anyone know this house?

    Here's an example:

    http://i716.photobucket.com/albums/ww169/cytherians/scents/Segura-IndianaJones_1.jpg
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  7. Segura Parfums (Spain) - anyone know this house?

    Segura Parums is a fragrance house based out of Spain and they seem to focus on kitschy theme based colognes. If you search on-line, you'll generally run into Star Wars and Indiana Jones fragrances...
  8. Re: CLUB DE NUIT INTENSE AND POUR LUI by RASASI are the same scent

    Yes, but even though BeautySpin has it for the cheapest ($29 before shipping), it's only 50ml. Please let us know if you notice better longevity with the Rasai, which may be possible since it's an...
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    Re: Today I bought September 2015

    That's a really neat looking bottle. The crenelated surface adds a real machine/utility feel to it. It reminds me of a custom made LED flashlight. :)
  10. Re: What do you say/do when you get complimented?

    I thank them and then see if it's an opening to talk about fragrances. "What are some of your favorite fragrances for men?" and if it goes further "What fragrance notes are you drawn to the most?"...
  11. Re: What do you dislike the most about your fragrance hobby?

    Facing tenacious repeat bidders on vintage fragrances.

    There are a number of hoarders out there, tenaciously bidding on sought after vintage fragrances. I see their coded ID's+Feedback-Count and...
  12. Re: i need advice for extremely strong and long lasting fragnances.

    If I were you, I'd get a travel atomizer. Fill it with your favorite fragrance and take it with you. You won't be concerned about longevity this way. Just be careful... as you can become anosmic...
  13. Thread: Off-Topic

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    Wow. This takes such intelligence to do. Imagine, a rescue dog with no apparent training by the owners. I have to wonder if Duke had some coaching earlier in his life and was somehow lost. For him...
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    Can never tire of looking at such celestial beauty. The universe is a wondrous place... just wish we could get out there are see it first hand!

    Btw, there's a replacement to Hubbell... the James...
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    Re: What Women want.

    Heh, not how he looks today. He went all haggard and such. Pitiful man, IMHO. That's what happens when you become a boozer.
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    Re: What Women want.

    Please use your imagination (it's easy to figure out what happened). :evil: This is a fragrance forum, btw. :grin:
  17. Thread: Colonia Club

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    Re: Colonia Club

    Our noses will be twitching in anticipation! :vrolijk_26:
  18. Re: Vanilla as a man-trap? Some light Sunday reading

    Great story! Certainly revealing... that most people are into simple/easy fragrance notes, and complexity or challenging is out. Thus, for us fragrance hobbyists we need to have at least one or two...
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    Re: What Women want.

    Asking that means you don't know... and what gets them is when you notice the little things and "figure it all out for yourself". Asking is like folding your poker hand. ;)
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    Re: After 20 years testing - these are the best

    There is one thing that must be mentioned -- fragrances in of themselves are one thing, but applied to a given person is another. Some probably work better for certain physiques and natural aromas...
  21. Thread: Colonia Club

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    Re: Colonia Club

    I also agree... Acqua di Parma was trying too hard to do something different. It is flop, IMHO. I'll bet anything it ends up in discount channels a year from now.
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    Re: What Women want.

    That has been my experience as well. I always wear masculine floral/citrus type fragrances on dates. My last serious girlfriend (before I was into fragrances) felt a guy shouldn't have more than 3...
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    Poll: Re: Your favorite vetiver?

    Yes, I think it's a shame that Jovoy Paris Private Label was not included. It's an excellent vetiver.
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    Re: Sultan Pasha's Fragrances

    I have 3 of the variants, ASAQ/Ajmal, Oud and the G-1. I enjoyed the last two the most. They are all remarkably similar to Amouage Tribute, without feeling like "copies". They are different, and...
  25. Re: Vanilla as a man-trap? Some light Sunday reading

    I can see it. Vanilla is a versatile scent that has many uses. The fact that it is associated with delicious baked goods and sweets, it does carry on that context when worn by a woman... yummy. ;)...
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    Re: Favourite Frankincense Fragrances?

    I just got a sample of Norma Kamali Incense, and wow.... very strong, arid, sharp. If you like your frankincense like this, you'd enjoy this. Unfortunately, very expense to obtain these days.

    I...
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    Re: M7 Oud Absolu

    M7 Oud Absolu is a fine fragrance on its own. But if you know original M7 and enjoy all of its qualities, you'll find M7 OA a disappointment. I decided against buying a bottle and spent more...
  28. Re: Thoughts on Tom Ford Oud Wood and YSL M7 Oud Absolu

    M7 Oud Absolu is easily found. Original M7 can also be found, but sellers are stretching out the profit making. They basically watch what people are selling at and either use the same price or...
  29. Re: Ever discover a fairly common scent smells like a fragrance you own?

    Sometimes I wonder which happens more often... does a cleaning/deodorizing scent get copied into a fragrance, or vice versa. I'm convinced KOUROS was copied.

    Shiseido Tactics came out in 1978. ...
  30. Re: Brand New Stephane Humbert Lucas 777 - Mortal Skin!!

    I think LuckyScent provides 0.7ml with their $4 samples. How large are Osswald's? I've not visited them yet--will definitely do so, based on this and their product range. :)
  31. Re: Ever discover a fairly common scent smells like a fragrance you own?

    Nice going on picking out those matches. :) I've not yet tried Infusion d'Homme and now I'm curious. :D
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    Poll: Re: Your favorite vetiver?

    Has anyone here tried Thierry Bernard's Absolu Vetyver?

    http://i716.photobucket.com/albums/ww169/cytherians/scents/Thierry-Bernard_Absolu-Vetiver_box.jpg...
  33. Re: Ever discover a fairly common scent smells like a fragrance you own?

    I know what you mean. My father had a military dress hat from his Korean War days that had a leather strap on it. It had some kind of interesting leather variant aroma, maybe from all the...
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    Re: Today I bought August 2015

    YSL M7

    Yes, indeed it is! Has a very nice balance of sweetness, without being cloying or gourmand.


    Agreed, it does stand alone I think. M7 Oud Absolu pales in comparison. Something about...
  35. Ever discover a fairly common scent smells like a fragrance you own?

    I was wearing Epic Man on a cooler evening one night this summer, when at a social gathering a guy I passed by turned around and flagged me. "Excuse me, did you recently stay at a hotel in Dubai?" ...
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    Re: Today I bought August 2015

    http://i716.photobucket.com/albums/ww169/cytherians/scents/YSL_M7_1st-test.jpg
    Yves Saint Laurent M7, 1st release

    M7 isn't talked about much these days, as the oud bandwagon trundled on with so...
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    Sticky: Re: On Getting Free Samples from Companies Now

    If your French is "rusty" then I wouldn't bother. All of these perfume houses have customer service people who are fluent in English. I'd just politely communicate as normal in English. My take...
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    Re: Layering? Truth or Myth -

    Sounds nice! I haven't experienced Savile Row yet, but it's on my test list. :)

    That's exactly what I was expecting this thread to be about.[/QUOTE]
    I agree, but it's not an exact science so...
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    Re: Today I bought August 2015

    Ah, I see. The packaging design for the Frankincense & Myrrh has some influence of India. I'm completely new to this brand, know nothing about it. In reading up on reviews, that Frankincense & Myrrh...
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    Re: Today I bought August 2015

    Intriguing... some cologne from India? Also, congrats on the Viaggio D'Africa. A very fine fragrance for the price!
  41. Thread: The Oud Game

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    Re: The Oud Game

    Interesting - what's the full name? Can't make out last word... Dahn Oud Atorque?
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    Re: Today I bought August 2015

    Well that's a bummer, that the bottle turned out to be Sanofi. But for the price, still a very good deal! I guess either someone mixed up their boxes, or at some point a person who owned this had...
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    That's amazing. Not only have I never heard of Orchid Bees, but to think that they're fragrant conscious! Nature has such beautiful mysteries to it. Thanks for sharing.
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    Re: Today I bought August 2015

    http://i716.photobucket.com/albums/ww169/cytherians/scents/SergeLutens_Vetiver-Oriental.jpg
    Only about 55% full, but got it for a fair price. Really like this... just wish it would project a good...
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    Re: Today I bought August 2015

    Nice! Those are great prices. Best discounted rate for lightly used bottles seems to be around $50 off "that auction site", rarely have I ever seen one go that cheap. :) How do you find the...
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    Re: Today I bought August 2015

    Full 120ml or 60ml bottle? In any case, nice grab and a terrific fragrance that should get more love around here. ;)
  47. Re: How much is a 2.5oz of Creed Vetiver 1948 worth?

    Did you ever go for it? :happy:
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    Re: Will Creed ever re-release Vetiver 1948...

    So presuming the 1948 formulation of Creed Vetiver is never resurrected, what vetiver fragrance comes closest in aroma? Or are there several, coming in with different notes concentrations? Or......
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    Re: Today I bought August 2015

    Nice finds there, Russlan. :beer: Were they blind buys or had you experienced them before? Palais Jamais is probably my favorite variation on vetiver.
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    Re: "KNIZE TEN" extravaganza.

    The new batch of original Knize Ten has an edge to it that intrudes on an otherwise fine rugged leather fragrance experience. Trying to track down earlier batches that aren't too old (earlier than...
  51. Re: Scents that basenotes forgot (or lost momentum)

    Interesting, I did not know that. Probably the only Guerlain boutique in the USA, due to the "international flavor" of Epcot. :)

    Davidoff Zino seems to be slipping off into the sunset. It has...
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    Re: Today I bought August 2015

    If you enjoy Parfums Corp, you'll definitely enjoy Ritz. It's not a huge difference, but it's in just the right way to make it worthwhile. :)

    I was going to wait and go for the Ambra, but got a...
  53. Re: Great Scents revisited: GIANFRANCO FERRE' FOR MEN, EDT by GianFranco Ferrè.

    Eau Sauvage? Don't get that at all. No tobacco and not nearly enough oakmoss, geranium, and sandalwood. Your mini is likely from the 2nd release.
  54. Re: Scents that basenotes forgot (or lost momentum)

    If you're interested in Hermes Vetiver Tonka but wouldn't mind side stepping the price, try Pal Zileri Viaggo d'Africa. Very similar (not a clone), with a nice coffee note.

    M7 was talked about...
  55. Re: Scents that basenotes forgot (or lost momentum)

    One a fragrance has "run its course", the regulars here are done chatting about it. Why start a new thread when a few already exist? Then there's the newbie who comes along and asks about it... a...
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    Re: Affordable masterpieces

    Balenciaga Ho Hang Club. Terrifically affordable. A real top quality formulation. Flies so low under the radar that the bottles suffer many scrapes and nicks.
  57. Re: Great Scents revisited: GIANFRANCO FERRE' FOR MEN, EDT by GianFranco Ferrè.

    Well that's highly unusual. Those versions have been discontinued for a good many years now. Outfits like FragranceX, FragranceNet, and LilyDirect move so much inventory, that any old stock is...
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    Re: Today I bought August 2015

    I think you're right because the Parfums Corp packaging has the "Greek key white stripes" shifted a little towards the top (1st release has them centered evenly between top and bottom). Still an...
  59. Re: the immoral perfumers, designers, spokesmen, and subjects of perfumery

    I do find it rather amusing that Marc de la Morandiere chose to make a fragrance named after Genghis Khan (and renamed it slightly to "Gengis", perhaps to avoid an explicit direct reference). It...
  60. Re: what does patchouli smell like and what should i try for reference?

    I would agree with that. It also has a stronger concentration of sandalwood. Beautiful fragrance, especially the earlier releases.
  61. Re: Great Scents revisited: GIANFRANCO FERRE' FOR MEN, EDT by GianFranco Ferrè.

    There are 1st editions to be had. Check out eBay # 141481691124. She has 3 available. Ask her to send the one without the bar code.
  62. Re: Great Scents revisited: GIANFRANCO FERRE' FOR MEN, EDT by GianFranco Ferrè.

    No it isn't, unfortunately. There isn't a high volume fragrance retailer on the on the planet that would have vintage. They mostly use older photos, purposely to help draw in those looking for...
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    Re: Norma Kamali incense

    Thanks for letting me know, Dorje. I think that's one of his more notable creations that I've not tried as yet. I'd be comfortable with a blind buy, knowing Sultan's creations. Just got Resine...
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    Re: Today I bought August 2015

    Well, couldn't resist... snagged a 100ml of YSL KOUROS, 2nd release sealed in box for a notably below market price. Peculiar one at that, because it's titled as a spray on the box... but I was under...
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    Re: Norma Kamali incense

    Thanks, Trex. Sounds fascinating. A 2015 release no less. :) Never heard of Nishane before, maybe because they're based in Turkiye and just got started in 2012. Now I've got a really compelling...
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    Re: Norma Kamali incense

    I've long been curious about Norma Kamali Incense, but after what I've read I'm no so sure any more. Sounds like there's too much of a chance to pay a lot for something that has gone flat, or lost...
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    Re: Donald Trump's Empire

    It still mystifies me how this man, Donald Trump, went completely bankrupt TWICE... and now he's a billionaire? Talk about leveraging your connections...
  68. Re: what does patchouli smell like and what should i try for reference?

    IMHO, the best example of easily obtained "pure" patchouli in it's pungent raw glory is Lorenzo Villoresi Patchouli. Get a nice 2ml sample, and it'll be your reference for years to come. ...
  69. Re: Sending samples to Europe from USA via USPS

    Thanks for the responses. I had a feeling the rates had gone up.

    My thought is that if you use a non-padded large envelope and keep the wrapped item inside within the 3/4" thickness restriction,...
  70. Poll: Re: Van Cleef & Arpels Midnight in Paris vs. Guerlain L'instant

    VC&A MiP EDP is a real steal right now. A couple of discount channels found some overstock and have unloaded 2.5 oz / 75 ml bottles for under $30 USD. That's a seriously good deal. In the whole...
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    Re: My personal opinion on Guerlain

    I also find that LIDGE has a wonderful composition. It is deceptively simple at first. It's hard to appreciate it fully right at the start. It's one of those fragrances that you have to "get to...
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    Re: Donald Trump's Empire

    I highly doubt you will be pleasantly surprised, given the chatter about Donald's fragrances. If this was overlooked by the general public but a sleeper (meaning deserving real praise), it would...
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    Re: Donald Trump's Empire

    Ah yes, it's one thing to have appealing notes, but it's all about what you do with them... quality, proportion, etc. ;)
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    Re: Donald Trump's Empire

    No idea. Trump stole the bottle design from Estee Lauder For Men (tall ribbed hexagonal shape), but I'll guarantee Empire doesn't smell as good. ;)
  75. Sending samples to Europe from USA via USPS

    I'm just wondering what people's pricing experiences has been like sending samples to Europe from the USA, via US Postal Service.

    Today I sent off a small padded envelope, about 6" x 3" x 1",...
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    Re: Colognes you love but they just DON'T LAST

    I don't mind if longevity is a little lacking, if the quality is there. It facilitates easy changing of fragrances if you want to wear more than one across the day. You can always carry a portable...
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    Re: Sultan Pasha's Frangrances

    The Reve Narcotique seems to have an almost black currant/prune quality to it when sniffed from the vial and first applied, but that does recede fairly soon after application. A very pleasant and...
  78. Re: Parfumerie Du Soleil D'or Lille. Online Store

    Wish I'd seen this... you did get it, as I saw in the "Today I Got" thread. Nice sale too. Inventory is depleted though, for any of the worthwhile d'Orio fragrances. :(
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    Re: What have we become?

    My expectation in coming into this realm was rather basic, to just find a few fragrances that would suit me for a few seasons and occasions. Rather than 4~5 fragrances, I'm now nearing 100. Each...
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    Re: Today I bought July 2015

    Very nice one, congrats MBW! Where did you buy it? Get a good deal? :)
  81. Thread: Off-Topic

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    Greed is destroying us all. From the movie "Oh, God" with George Burns as God saying, "I first made people naked because with clothes you've got pockets. With pockets, right away you've got to have...
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    Re: What have we become?

    The only point I'd like to add is that many of the finer fragrances do tend to be priced more than mainstream fragrances. So I wouldn't say price has little to do with quality. Yet, you are...
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    Re: L' Occitane synthetic or not?

    Are you suggesting that low fat can never taste as good as full fat? ;)
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    Re: Affordable masterpieces

    Think of it as a loose term referring to "well appreciated". It's all subjective anyhow (one person's masterpiece is another person's scrubber).

    And there's also the matter of "affordable". Some...
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    Re: What have we become?

    A fragrance can be simple and affordable, but still be amazingly good to your nose. And generally, if you liked something when you first started, but now find "pedestrian", you will likely change...
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    Re: L' Occitane synthetic or not?

    They don't say "exclusively natural ingredients." So yes, while some notes will be natural, many will be synthetic. The base is likely synthetic as well. "Not that there's anything wrong with...
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    Re: Dior Homme to buy or not to buy

    Don't force yourself just because others like a particular fragrance. There are thousands of other fragrances out there (vintage and current). If you try liking them all, you'll go broke, or lose...
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    We have an epidemic afoot... morality anemia. It is widespread and yet well hidden, revealing itself when opportunism is ripe and a person fails to cover up sufficiently (sometimes they are simply...
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    Re: Today I bought July 2015

    Interesting tidbit of info... 10 Place Vendome is inside the "circle", across from the Ritz. 26 is outside the circle, in the entrance corridor... less prestigious, but probably more space for the...
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    Re: Today I bought July 2015

    Nice! 12ml should last you a very, very long time. I've read a few testimonies that while there is a difference between the red and white box versions, it is nominal. Some consider the white box...
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    Re: Why does Fahrenheit smell like gasoline?

    It would be a very interesting case study to see how the formulation of notes in Fahrenheit can create very different olfactory impressions for people.

    I know what gasoline smells like, as I've...
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    Re: Today I bought July 2015

    There's actually a newer version out now, slightly different bottle. So what MixerScent is showing is the previous. But you're right, what most people consider "vintage" is when the bottle labels...
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    Re: Today I bought July 2015

    This is quite a serious buy, if I may say so. :) Congrats! What size and version did you get? I have but a mere 3ml decant of the red box. I am periodically enjoying it, savoring it to last a...
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    Re: I would rather wear no fragrance than ...

    OK, I have a few.

    Cartier Declaration. It smells quite nice, a spicy kind of citrus, when applied to paper. But when it hits my skin, everything changes. This potent cumin/caraway note comes...
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    Re: Today I bought July 2015

    Congrats, and nice to hear that! What other versions of Fahrenheit have you tried/owned?
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    Re: Today I bought July 2015

    Thanks, Chuck. Good to know. :) Now the only new thing that has me intrigued is L'Ambre de Carthage. ;)
  97. Re: FREE Samples of pure, hypnotic Agarwood Oil (oud oil) by Feel Oud.

    I wish I could have participated, but being honest thanks to Sultan Pasha I have experienced genuine agarwood oil... so I was disqualified. :( Will be very interesting to hear people's thoughts...
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    Re: I would rather wear no fragrance than ...

    I think it's easy to put it simply -- if you don't have a fragrance on hand that you'd like to wear, you wear nothing but your clothes. Are there people who can't leave the house without wearing...
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    Re: Today I bought July 2015

    Nice score there, G. I recently learned of this, and sad to see it is not available anywhere in the USA. I read it was discontinued for a while, but is back in production now and can be purchased on...
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    Re: Today I bought July 2015

    Ah, OK - No problem Paul. I think you might mean the previous release with the more traditional looking bottle and cylindrical cap. Newest release went back to the "mushroom" style cap, borrowed...
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