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  1. Re: What do you predict is going to be the next fragrance trend?

    Total guess: very smoky gourmands.
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    Re: A good alternative for Dior Sauvauge

    If you get a heavy marine note, as I do in the drydown, you can try "cheapo," Horizon, a complex "old school" scent that is quite compelling in its way (unlike Sauvage, which I find more of a...
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    Re: Horible sniffing experience

    Sample each one individually again and see what you think. As things stand, I don't think there's much that can be said, since you could be getting all kinds of mixed wafts going into your nose.
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    Re: 18.21 Sweet Tobacco Cologne?

    I've also got a whole lot of "tobacco scents" and for the first 1-2 hours my thought was, "this is the best tobacco scent of all time." Then the tobacco receded and it went in a more gourmand...
  5. Re: Axis Oud versus Axis Oudh-Wood: anyone try both?

    No, not "pipe tobacco" to my way of thinking, more along the lines of medicinal. I can't tell someone it "smells good" because for those who have little or no experience with "oud," it probably...
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    Re: axis oud???? anyone try

    It's a monster "chemical oud" with that cherry-ish quality, IMO, so yes it is likely what some people are seeking. A half a spritz to the chest was too much for me, but I did like the scent itself.
  7. Re: Moschino Uomo? And Chanel Allure Edition Blanche

    I haven't tried the Chanel but U?M is really good if you can find "vintage" (short list of ingredients). I'm not sure I would bother with the recent formulation but I'm glad I don't have to make...
  8. Re: Perry Ellis Oud Black Vanilla Absolute BACK IN STOCK!!!

    Same thing has happened to me (first one being the highly synthetic Jacomo Rouge), after using less than about a dozen sprays total from a new 100 ml spray bottle, so the exposure to the air argument...
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    Re: How old is too old to buy?

    That would be an issue if it's a "top notes fragrance," such as a traditional cologne where citrus is strong and crucial to the composition. Instead, I don't want it to be diluted by an unscrupulous...
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    Re: How old is too old to buy?

    I'm more concerned about splash bottles, so I won't buy them if it's an "as is," no returns situation.
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    Re: Fougere classification

    For me, at the very least, the lavender/coumarin accord has to dominate the scent, otherwise you could have things like "fougerientals." Oakmoss adds a little "bite" to it, and then you can dress it...
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    Re: Reviewers that are actually worth their salt?

    Youtube is used by people "hyping" various things so it's no surprise what we've seen with fragrances. What is rather questionable, IMO, is buying a scent when it is first released and has yet to...
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    Re: Azzaro Pour Homme latest formula

    I haven't worn it in a very long time, and I have the vintage bottle. I'd guess that they may have cut back significantly on the oakmoss and the anise, so if that's the case it could make a big...
  14. Re: Perry Ellis Oud Black Vanilla Absolute BACK IN STOCK!!!

    There is a scientific explanation to such phenomena - it's just a shame so many can't seem to accept the limits of human physical perception. There is now so much evidence NatGeo made an entire...
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    Re: Is Bond now a Basenotes Bust ?

    If the title of this thread had been "Is Bond now a Selfridges Bust" then you just might have an excellent point!
  16. Re: Perry Ellis Oud Black Vanilla Absolute BACK IN STOCK!!!

    My Canadian girlfriend (I've never had a Canadian GF the last time I was in Canada was when I was a young child - I don't have any Canadian friends either)? What in the world are you talking about? ...
  17. Re: Perry Ellis Oud Black Vanilla Absolute BACK IN STOCK!!!

    Either more of the same molecules appeared in a sealed bottle for some inexplicable reason, or new molecules were formed that were stronger and smelled exactly the same, or it is a perceptual issue. ...
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    Re: Opium Pour Homme EDT & EDP Reformulated?

    I've read that the latest EdT is fruity and not nearly as strong as the "vintage." Can anyone speak to this claim?
  19. Re: Creed: Have They Really Been Around For Over 200 Years.?

    Remember, "modern perfumery" isn't 200 years old, so whatever Creed made 200+ years ago, it's not what most fragrance buyers today would recognize as the same kind of thing they buy at the local...
  20. Re: Perry Ellis Oud Black Vanilla Absolute BACK IN STOCK!!!

    Well, when you can figure out how the same molecules can be stronger ones, or can change (in a sealed bottle) into different ones that are stronger but smell exactly the same, I'm sure you will let...
  21. Re: Perry Ellis Oud Black Vanilla Absolute BACK IN STOCK!!!

    There's a non-disclosure agreement he signed when accepting his present position, and I agreed to keep him anonymous, or else he could get fired and even informally "blacklisted." You are free to...
  22. Re: Perry Ellis Oud Black Vanilla Absolute BACK IN STOCK!!!

    It's called brain remodeling. The science is rather basic now, and most experiments have been done on lab animals, but you can just watch a show like "Brain Games" to get a sense about how much...
  23. Re: Creed Silver Mountain Water (120ml) fake? - LOT# LT3515X01

    Is the lot number inscribed into the glass itself?
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    Re: Common note in Xeryus Rouge and Photo?!

    No, very different scents, and since I don't know how much experience you've got with "old school" scents, nor which formulation you are referencing, it's nearly an impossible request to even honor...
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    Re: Bowling Greene back in production?

    I think I read on Fragrantica that it was reissued and unfortunately reformulated badly. I hope those of you who bought it will report back on your experiences with it.
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    Re: Giorgio Beverly Hills for Men

    I find this doubtful, as there probably was never that much oakmoss in it in the first formulation (patchouli, honey, and other notes are quite strong), though I have not tried this formulation. I...
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    Re: Poor man's Bel Ami

    The OP asked for a "poor man's" Bel Ami, yet many responded with scents that are not cheap, let alone something a "poor man" would buy. Oh well.
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    Is Bond now a Basenotes Bust ?

    It seems like the interest in this company is near zero here, at least in this forum. How many of you had more interest in Bond No. 9 scents a year or more ago? And what is the explanation?
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    Re: Yatagan - vintage vs. contemporary formulation.

    I wore what I'll call semi-vintage a few weeks ago and was surprised that I liked it more than I have in the past, but it's certainly not for the fresh, aquatic, sport, clean, etc. crowd. LOL.
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    Re: Sweet tabacco scent

    Wouldn't it be cheaper to just buy a tobacco farm?
  31. Re: HUGE LIST: Mens/Womens/Samples; Really looking to sell so make offers!

    Bump.
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    Re: Royal Mayfair thoughts

    I agree, as I kept going back to Cool Water but disliked it every time! Others that are similar I do like, so my conclusion is that it's (for me) an awful composition.
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    Re: Sweet tabacco scent

    I don't see how the Bogart would get classified as sweet, and the "tobacco" is the tonka/cedar combination, which is often thought of as "pipe tobacco," from what I've seen. Moreover, the florals...
  34. Re: Jovan Musk and Sex Appeal - Current Formulations?

    I bought Sex Appeal for Men a couple years ago, not sure how old the bottle was but it wasn't of the vintage style. The scent was very good for what I paid but the lavender was too strong for.me. I...
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    Re: Cheap Vs. Expensive

    People tend to get used to thinking of certain kinds of scents in a certain way. I'm not sure there's much you can do. Would they wear scents you'd like them to if you gave them some samples?
  36. Re: How many have tried Fancy Nights by Simpson?

    Yes, Jessica Simpson is a "celebrity," just like you, Hednic !
  37. How many have tried Fancy Nights by Simpson?

    When I wear this one, as I did today, I am amused that if it were in a niche company's bottle it might get plenty of BN hype (here in the Men's Forum!). The notes are: "bergamot, Egyptian papyrus,...
  38. Re: Why can't "bad" posts be deleted but a thread left open?

    Hey, you know I'm not going to do anything inappropriate! LOL.
  39. Re: Why can't "bad" posts be deleted but a thread left open?

    I'm sure some want to talk about the smell of this or that Dua scent, but it seems that plenty want to talk about the company's business practices. I remember plenty of discussions about Bond No....
  40. Re: has new sauvage from dior been tampered with???

    This is likely accurate (though I'm not sure it would cost a bundle to tweak it slightly), from what I've read and after talking to a fragrance chemist recently. Sauvage is not a complex scent, and...
  41. Re: Why can't "bad" posts be deleted but a thread left open?

    Yes I did, and I don't see an answer to my query within it. I created this thread because I don't understand why those who wrote unacceptable posts couldn't have been warned and then banned if...
  42. Why can't "bad" posts be deleted but a thread left open?

    In light of what happened with the Dua thread, I am curious as to why those of us who didn't violate guidelines when we posted to that thread have to be punished for ones that did, when a moderator...
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    Re: Love my 18.21 Man Made Sweet Tobacco

    Yes, it kind of puts to shame all the scents marketed by the "major" companies that listed an "exciting" note or two, but then you try it and you are thinking, is this a joke?
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    Re: Giorgio Beverly Hills for Men

    Not a safe blind buy, no matter what formulation you get, but with such limited information about what you are seeking, there are at least hundreds of possible options!
  45. Who has tried fragrance oil "dupes" of scents like TF's Tobacco Oud?

    This came up in the now deleted thread about Dua fragrances and I'm curious about not just the TO fragrance oil dupe but others, for example Exotic Fragrances in Manhattan also has Tobacco Vanille...
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    Re: Dua Fragrance, any thought?

    Can someone explain this?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBU3-Y3dPqo
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    Re: Dua Fragrance, any thought?

    Well, I'm glad this thread exists because now I place the swap value of Dua bottles at "cheapo" levels. I would hate to have swapped something I consider "real" for a Dua scent that I now believe to...
  48. Poll: Re: Have you ever bought a scent because it was hyped as "sexy" ?

    No, I prefer the scents that say, "I'm here, I'm invading your space, and I'm going to stay here as long as I want." LOL.
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    Re: Dua Fragrance, any thought?

    Aren't they saying that it smells like a TO dupe and not TO? As I pointed out, one could get a few different dupes, combine them, then add vanilla, amber, etc. to make it stronger, more gourmand, or...
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    Re: Dua Fragrance, any thought?

    You told people to be fearful so the onus is on you to explain why. As to where one can get the "dupes" from in the USA, here's an example:
    ...
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    Re: Dua Fragrance, any thought?

    First, if you want to speak of something that is not protected under one's free speech rights, you had better cite some actual laws and cases, or else I doubt anyone is going to take you seriously. ...
  52. Poll: Re: Have you ever bought a scent because it was hyped as "sexy" ?

    You have my permission to choose "many times." LOL.
  53. Poll: Re: Have you ever bought a scent because it was hyped as "sexy" ?

    Nope, you're not having any difficulties!
  54. Poll: Re: Have you ever bought a scent because it was hyped as "sexy" ?

    Right, then that would be never. I'm talking specifically about "sexy." I explained the distinction in my blog post.
  55. Poll: Have you ever bought a scent because it was hyped as "sexy" ?

    This is what I think has happened with Sauvage (though that's not the only important element, another being the ad budget), and I just published a blog post that contains evidence for this notion. ...
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    Re: For those on a budget!

    Bravo Mankind cost me about $6.35 total for 100 ml, and I like it better than Kokorico (apparently, it was meant to be a "clone" of that one).
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    Re: Dua Fragrance, any thought?

    Where might someone get such items? Check out ebay item number 391548541382. Or just search for high quality fragrance oils on google, ebay, etc.
  58. Re: Chemical that messes with my nose possibly could be identified?

    I noticed what came across to me as "tangy" in later formulations of Vermeil and Acteur, and I'd guess it's related to cheapening a formulation with a willingness to accept certain "off" qualities. ...
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    Re: Dua Fragrance, any thought?

    Why is there an empty Aventus bottle (with its spray cap off) next to a guy with a syringe that has a fine tube sticking out of it? Come on! LOL.
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    Re: Carven Homme (original) Performance?

    For me, it's strong, but it's got a strong lavender note - that's what is "make it or break it" to me with this scent. Most of the time I'm not in the mood for such strong lavender.
  61. Re: Fahrenheit ... new formulation more akin to vintage? Since when?

    You can try that Metal Jeans scent (in the silver bottle) from 90210 Torand (or whatever), since the low cost means you can just reapply as you wish.
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    Re: Joop Homme reformulated again?

    They could just be trying to save a bit on "presentation." It's always best to buy from the bottle you sample, if possible, or to deal with companies that have good return policies.
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    Re: Your input on Marine Fragrances?

    Yes, to me Horizon is a scent with a strong marine element. I can't remember the last time I wore an aquatic, being that I really dislike them, but I found there is a kind of elastic/watery texture...
  64. Re: Just bought SDV and it just has no staying power

    Yes, keep it until right after the return policy expires and it will smell strong and great!
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    Re: Alternatives to Davidoff cool water

    Too many to mention. Stardust for Men, Molto Smalto, and Corinto Rouge are my favorites among this type. Cafe Iced Pour Homme isn't bad, if you can get it really cheap, as I did. It depends upon...
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    Re: Dior SAUVAGE. A constructive discussion

    I agree with this, but it's either an "aficionado thing" or a generational one. That is, for me Sauvage is more or less a marine-oriented deodorant scent, and if I owned a bottle I'd use it as a...
  67. Re: Perry Ellis Oud Black Vanilla Absolute BACK IN STOCK!!!

    No, from what I've researched and my discussions with "insiders" (including a fragrance chemist) this kind of scent is not going to have "maceration issues." It's also not likely that a batch was...
  68. Re: Would You Recommend Versace The Dreamer As A Blind Buy?

    If The Dreamer is a safe blind buy then what is not? LOL.
  69. Re: Would You Recommend Versace The Dreamer As A Blind Buy?

    Welcome to the (not so?) wonderful world of fragrance reviews! Generally speaking, ones that don't contain much description of the actual smell I tend to pay little attention to, but you should also...
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    Re: Fake Creed Aventus

    Mostly that's probably a newbie issue. They don't understand when a price is "too good to be true."
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    Re: Best designer CITRUS based fragrances

    Right now I'd say Armaf's Club de Nuit Intense for Men, if you want to place it in the "designer" category. The "quality" is at least as good as designer and the price is lower!
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    Re: Club de Nuit Intense Man vs. Creed Aventus

    You do realize that "official" notes are often fictitious, don't you? As to pineapple specifically, you may be right that there isn't much of a pineapple note in CdNI, but do you think it would be...
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    Re: Dior SAUVAGE. A constructive discussion

    As to "compliment getter" scents, let's keep in mind that while some do buy for this reason, some buy these concoctions because they want to project power, authority, etc. I remember one reviewer...
  74. Re: Perry Ellis Oud Black Vanilla Absolute BACK IN STOCK!!!

    Sounds like Remy Latour's Black Oud is what you would want!
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    Re: Dior SAUVAGE. A constructive discussion

    The thing is there is no way to untangle everything without a very rigorous study, perhaps. We don't know if it's simply a case of perceptions. For example, see "Whistling Vivaldi" for a good...
  76. Re: Could reformulations be a 'good' thing for some people?

    Sure, anything like that is possible. I'd prefer to dilute a really strong scent than to pay more and get less, though.
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    Re: Dior SAUVAGE. A constructive discussion

    I agree with this - some scents seem to have been constructed to create a kind of olfactory cloud effect, but even a lot of "old school" scents don't smell that great if you smell them right up...
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    Re: Dior SAUVAGE. A constructive discussion

    But that can't be known because a lot of other scents use quite a bit of ambroxan and those same musk molecules. Even if you ask the people they could lie because they used a cheap body spray. For...
  79. Re: The best "crowd-pleasing" old school fragrance?

    The "mustiness" is usually due to not being able to detect the notes/accords, or just finding them unpleasant. For example, I think a certain combination of leather, cedar, patchouli, and lavender...
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    Re: Dior SAUVAGE. A constructive discussion

    The "mass appeal" notion is interesting (though impossible to verify without a whole let of "blind" testing, in order to demonstrate that scents with little or no marketing can't accomplish the same...
  81. Re: Is there any fragrance that smells just like the dry-down of Old Spice without OS's floral openi

    If you can find a bottle of Early American Old Spice (mine has a plastic light blue cap), I'd guess that is what you're seeking.
  82. Re: No one can smell my Aventus Creed, and neither can I..(batch 15X21). Will it get stronger over t

    There is one blogger who thinks that some scents, apparently Creeds in particular, get considerably stronger if you use (or decant) about 1/2 an ounce or so, and then let it sit for a few months. A...
  83. Re: Van Cleef and Arpels Tsar - Comparing vintage and current versions

    The first two I liked, but the third I swapped off because I found it harsh and simpler. Remember that just because the bottle is different doesn't mean they didn't have some liquid remaining and so...
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    Re: Jeremy Fragrance controversy or not.

    To me it seems like this should be in the General discussion forum.
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    Re: Jeremy Fragrance controversy or not.

    If you watch JF's Sauvage review, the woman who smells the card says she really likes it but look at her facial expressions. Those say, "wow this stuff is terrible" (I've read some books on...
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    Re: Jeremy Fragrance controversy or not.

    I watched some of it, and I'd guess FTC violations of the sort that are alleged are common. But why did he disable comments? That doesn't make any sense. In any case, I wish some company would ask...
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    Re: Dior SAUVAGE. A constructive discussion

    I largely agree with this, though I don't know what "cheap smelling" means, other than the top notes of the old "drug store scents," which were not meant to be pleasant, apparently. One thing I...
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    Re: Club de Nuit Intense Man vs. Creed Aventus

    Perhaps I'm fortunate in that I don't remember Aventus very well (gave my sample away a few years ago), but I just acquired a bottle of the Armaf and really like it! I probably should never try...
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    Re: Dior SAUVAGE. A constructive discussion

    Just the issue of product testing alone is quite complicated:

    First, you nor I know what kind of testing was done with these concoctions. We can only assume Dior spent more money on it than...
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    Re: Dior SAUVAGE. A constructive discussion

    My take is that whether you wear dollar store scents or the most expensive marketed these days, if you are going to tell people that one of thousands of scents available is "the one" to wear, or is...
  91. Re: How to Destroy A Beautiful Scent: Learn From Me, Please!

    Another thing you can try is to decant it into an atomizer that has a fine spray and then use at least a few sprays so that your entire chest and upper stomach areas are covered. I'd do this when...
  92. Re: How to Destroy A Beautiful Scent: Learn From Me, Please!

    I would offer to buy it but some ebay sellers dilute their splash bottles to make them seem full. One bottle I bought, which I didn't know is a screw top spray (thought it was the usual sealed...
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    Re: Thoughts on Dior Sauvage?

    Non-rational arguments are made all the time, especially in politics. If you want to take it as a personal insult, I can't stop you for doing so, but that then means you think you are a "mind...
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    Re: Thoughts on Dior Sauvage?

    If you read my posts to this thread I used "IMO" in some. If you want me to use that in every post, just let me know. I assumed it was obvious, but if someone accuses you of making a non-rational...
  95. Re: How to Destroy A Beautiful Scent: Learn From Me, Please!

    I think it's important to add here that when one buys from ebay sellers and discounters, as I almost always do (or acquire in swaps, of course), one has no idea what the bottle has endured. However,...
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    Re: Is spicebomb reformulated? (2015>)

    Obviously, batch numbers are essential, unless you disclose the store you bought it from and can verify that the store in question will not sell a bottle after a certain period of time has elapsed. ...
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    Re: Thoughts on Dior Sauvage?

    I made a coherent argument for my position, which is something that is sorely lacking in positive Sauvage reviews. It was only after "putting you on the spot" that you finally made a claim that is...
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    Re: Thoughts on Dior Sauvage?

    Yes but you are only saying that now. As to the argument itself (at this point), let's say you tried a whole bunch of "cheapos" of this genre, and you believe Sauvage is vastly superior. That's...
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    Re: Thoughts on Dior Sauvage?

    Well, the funny thing is that I don't consider Sauvage "bad" at all. And I could see how many would like it (especially if your general sensitivity for aroma chemicals is very low, as seems to be...
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    Re: Thoughts on Dior Sauvage?

    The same can and has been said about many other scents, some of which are a lot cheaper, so this is not a rational argument, IMO. If you don't want to research those other, cheaper scents, that's a...
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