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  1. Thread: Similar Fragrances

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    Re: The ultimate 'this' smells exactly like 'this' thread

    John Varvatos Artisan, that is. I just smelled it today for the first time and immediately scrawled on the test strip "... a cologne ... 4711?"

    I also just smelled True Religion for Men and...
  2. Thread: The scent of dork

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    Re: The scent of dork

    One guy claims dork does not mean "whale penis", but there is substantial controversy in the comments. Perhaps I am a whale penis after all.
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    Re: what will God and the Devil will wear?

    Gah! I was waiting for that. :P

    Salvador Dali pour Homme has the weirdest reputation on here; it makes no sense to me. Maybe it's because I used up a tube of SDpH shower gel, and now associate it...
  4. Thread: 500 for Yours Truly

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    Re: 500 for Yours Truly

    This is my 500th post. I decided not to make a new thread about it, but dredge up an old one instead. It took me a long time---over 3 years---to reach 500 posts. My main excuse is I hardly ever post...
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    Re: Dior Homme vs Fleur du Male

    Funny, the exact same thing happened in another thread. I guess it's not just a coincidence.

    Anyway, back on topic, for me it's Dior Homme, no contest. I agree with most of what has been said...
  6. Poll: Re: Which of these fragrances would do well if release today

    Yes, either Azzaro or Aramis. The rest actually smell like something. (Paco Rabanne might stand an even better chance but for that massive dose of heavy musk.)
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    Re: what do you guys do about vacations? holidays?

    It's not an issue for me because I don't mind being without fragrances for a stretch, but evidently it's a concern for some folks because I've seen at least one thread about taking fragrances on...
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    Re: Sporty fragrance without "sport" in the name

    Adidas Moves. Gingery.

    Dior Homme Sport is also gingery, but has "sport" in the name.
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    Re: Dior Eau Sauvage or Chanel Pour Monsieur?

    Yes. I'm not sure I could tell them apart, but I haven't tried them side-by-side.



    I'm curious if you'll think the original is similar. By most reports it's not, but I haven't smelled it myself.
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    Re: Do Some Fragrance Reviews Piss You Off?

    It depends what you want from the date. You might just get your anatomy immortalized in a perfume review in the Times!
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    Re: Creed Bois de Portugal

    No. What is "superior" is subjective. If price equaled quality, what would that say about your mom? :D

    Héritage is somewhat similar to BdP, but I like it better. KL Homme too.
  12. Re: Do you feel special when you disagree with a consensus?

    And I agree. I dropped a comment over there. So maybe there wasn't a "consensus" to begin with. ;)
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    Re: Eau Sauvage and Eau Sauvage Extrèem.

    I have a bottle of Eau Sauvage and several samples of Eau Sauvage Extrême (available if you're interested). I'm smelling them side-by-side as I write this. On initial application the original is just...
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    Re: Do Some Fragrance Reviews Piss You Off?

    Here's what springs to mind. Chandler Burr:



    Is he joking? Surely there's another way to describe it. I wouldn't begrudge him homoeroticism, but can this even be called erotic? To me it's more...
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    Re: Do Some Fragrance Reviews Piss You Off?

    I don't mind hyperbole, or blithe dismissals. I'm for the pithy, the succinct, whether it's deep and thoughtful or shallow and offhand.



    Agreed there. Reviews with irrelevant narrative and,...
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    Re: Dior Eau Sauvage or Chanel Pour Monsieur?

    I've never smelled the original Chanel Pour Monsieur, but I've smelled the Concentrée many times and I like Eau Sauvage better.

    If you like both but can't afford two whole bottles, you could save...
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    Re: Zirh Ikon smells like...

    There's something in it a little sour, like the sourness in sandalwood, that reminds me of Gucci Envy for Men, but I'm not the first to notice that similarity.

    I've sampled Ikon twice, and didn't...
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    very similar fragrances by the same perfumer

    I recently became aware of a phenomenon, not altogether surprising, of perfumes created by the same perfumer that are similar enough I might mistake one for the other. I'm sure others have noticed...
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    Re: Great Experience at Niemans in Dallas

    No way. You have to mean 3.5 milliliters.
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    Re: Creed Original Santal...powerful stuff!!!

    I just noticed this thing about him being a boxer in his bio, next to that lovely portrait. Sadly the bio doesn't include his weight or height. Assuming he's not a lot bigger than I imagine, I'd get...
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    Re: The Most Offensive of the Designer Scents

    I've never smelled this Narciso Rodriguez fragrance, so I don't know if this description is anything like accurate, but to me it's among the greatest punchy, visceral descriptions of an odor I...
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    Re: The Most Offensive of the Designer Scents

    I've never smelled this Narciso Rodriguez fragrance, so I don't know if this description is anything like accurate, but to me it's among the greatest punchy, visceral descriptions of an odor I...
  23. Thread: Similar Fragrances

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    Re: Similar Fragrances

    Absolutely. I'm not sure I could tell Tiffany for Men apart from Chanel Pour Monsieur Concentrée. After noticing they smell (at least nearly) identical, I recalled they were both created by Jacques...
  24. Thread: layering question

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    layering question

    Anyone tried layering Parfum Sacré with L'Heure Bleue?
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    Re: Similar scents to MI and Unforgivable

    Hmm. I think of Kiton as much closer to Green Irish Tweed; to me it's all violet freshness, no aquatics, no fruit to speak of. I'm thinking of overall impressions, though; the drydowns may indeed be...
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    Re: The Most Offensive of the Designer Scents

    I have an idea how Chandler Burr would answer.

    (The Perfect Scent, p.196)

    He goes on to list a bunch of fragrances I don't like, but doesn't mention Boss Bottled (which I do quite like) and...
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    Re: The Most Offensive of the Designer Scents

    Now this is my kind of thread! I heartily agree Light Blue pour Homme and Grey Flannel are awful, and Armani Eau Pour Homme (1984) is pretty bad too. I find Aramis (1965) and Azzaro pour Homme (1978)...
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    Re: Guess Men & Gucci II for college ?

    To the O.P., based on the description of what you like, here are some suggestions:

    Dior Homme Sport
    Kouros Cologne Sport (not the original Kouros!)
    Adidas Moves
    Aspen for Men
    Iceberg Twice...
  29. Re: How to make a fragrance last longer on skin (title edited for clarification)

    Or you could go old-school and perfume a handkerchief or a pair of gloves. ;D
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    Re: Similar scents to MI and Unforgivable

    I presume you're familiar with Acqua di Giò and the like. Halston's Unbound for men is in the vicinity, has good reviews here and is relatively inexpensive.

    L'Eau par Kenzo pour homme might be...
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    Re: Burberry London vs. Pi. Better frag?

    Why? Am I missing a reference?



    Interesting. It's hard to imagine Pi as less "heavy" than London! I guess the word is pretty ambiguous.
  32. Thread: Similar Fragrances

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    Re: Similar Fragrances

    Bel Ami reminds me of Z-14 and
    Rocabar reminds me of Jaïpur Homme.
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    Re: Burberry London vs. Pi. Better frag?

    No; emphatically no.



    It doesn't come close to lasting through a work day for me. Longevity is the main problem I have with it.



    Burberry London is more spicy than sweet, but I think it...
  34. Thread: Similar Fragrances

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    Re: Similar Fragrances

    Le Mâle bears some resemblance to Joop! Homme.
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    Re: D&G Light blue - absolutely delicious

    It wouldn't be too shocking. Lots of hommes on here who, like me, enjoy Light Blue, were gravely disappointed by the version D&G made pour notre sexe. But as consolation, those of us who don't mind...
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    Re: D&G Light blue - absolutely delicious

    I assume this refers to Light Blue, not the revolting Light Blue pour Homme. Not only does the latter smell terrible, but its name inexplicably appends French to English. Why!?
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    Re: Caron L'Anarchiste - A close reading

    I agree with a lot of the description in the original post, though I detect prominent spice not mentioned; eugenol (clove), I think. Basically it's orange oil, cloves, and musk to me. Totally dry;...
  38. Re: Patou Pour Homme - for those like me who are keen to know wht it smells like

    Hell, I'd say it would kill two birds with one stone.
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    Re: Which Creed fragrance should I buy?

    There's your mistake! A priori Creed is no better a choice than any other brand; it just costs more than most. I don't know how much this matters to you since it's your mom's money at stake.
    ...
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    Re: can you take perfume on planes?

    Finally! These rules have been idiotic, ineffectual, and not even well enforced. I've gotten through U.S. airports many times since 2001 with outrageously prohibited items in my bags---usually things...
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    Re: JPG Le Male Vs. Body Kouros

    Someone is given to hyperbole. For just one example, Echo by Davidoff has Le Mâle beat on both counts. What's more, Echo is even worse and more "synthetic smelling" than Body Kouros!
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    Re: JPG Le Male Vs. Body Kouros

    I like Le Mâle much better.

    O.P.: For future reference, simple questions like this lend themselves well to polls!
  43. Thread: Similar Fragrances

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    Re: Similar Fragrances

    Salvador Dalí pour Homme smells like a more intense version of Lauder for Men.
  44. Thread: Shampoo/Conditioner

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    Re: Shampoo/Conditioner

    Decanting? Why?

    Incidentally I found a delicious-smelling VO5 shampoo the other day, "Vanilla Mint Tea." I don't really notice the mint; it reminds me a little of Tea for Two by L'Artisan. The...
  45. Re: Burger King releases Flame body spray. You too can smell like a Whopper! rop

    Somebody bought some and wrote about it.
  46. Thread: Similar Fragrances

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    Re: Similar Fragrances

    Armand Basi Homme is a lot like Dunhill Edition.
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    best scent for when you've overeaten

    ...when your stomach is (uncomfortably) full and you just need to digest.
  48. Thread: Creed fragrances

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    Re: Creed fragrances

    Yes: look beyond the house of Creed.

    Oh, and as to spraying on clothes: it could stain the fabric, but it will last longer than on skin, although it will develop differently. Most likely it will...
  49. Thread: Creed fragrances

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    Re: Creed fragrances

    I have only a tiny sample of this stuff, so I haven't been able to comparatively assess its longevity, but I do love the smell, and would have guessed it lasts a long time.

    If it's truly being...
  50. Thread: Creed fragrances

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    Re: Creed fragrances

    Yes, at least among those I've smelled. I can only imagine those mentioning SMW haven't tried Acier Aluminum; it goes on much stronger and longer! Orange Spice is pretty strong stuff too.
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    Re: Musc Ravageur - cost effective?

    I wear fragrances for my own enjoyment too, but with respect to others I don't intend for them to smell what I'm wearing at all. I don't try to conceal fragrances really, but I try not to assault...
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    Re: Musc Ravageur - cost effective?

    That's if you want everyone in the general vicinity to get a good strong whiff of your perfume. Wearing just a few sprays (less than half a ml) at a time would be more considerate of your neighbors.
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    Re: Frags that at first you "dismissed"

    Well, I can say now that I like the top notes of Kouros. I really like Creed's Orange Spice; apparently Kouros amounts to Orange Spice plus some foul stench underneath. I'm even considering...
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    Re: Decant Sales or Swaps no longer permitted on BN

    I'm aware of the discussion on the first page; I was a part of it at the time. I just re-read Grant's posts and confirmed my recollection they didn't address the points raised in the last few posts....
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    Re: Decant Sales or Swaps no longer permitted on BN

    Sorry if I'm preaching to the choir; that's not my intent at all. I'd like to see the policy changed or at least better justified. I gather, rach2jlc, our positions are pretty similar, but I'm...
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    Re: Decant Sales or Swaps no longer permitted on BN

    Halting an activity to avoid costly litigation is often a sensible response to a cease and desist letter. Before filing a suit, a potential litigant will invariably send such a letter, because...
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    Re: Decant Sales or Swaps no longer permitted on BN

    Do you? I have a hard time understanding this, especially in light of the existence of TPC and the Crystal Flaçon. The anti-decant policy seems contrary to the purpose of the community, and I don't...
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    Re: Decant Sales or Swaps no longer permitted on BN

    If a company like The Perfumed Court is selling decants online to the public for a profit, why shouldn't we afficionados be permitted to trade decants on the forums?

    Please reconsider this policy....
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    Re: Your very first backup bottle ?

    It is true I am strange, and to answer your question, besides a fragrance running out or being discontinued, the only other reason I can think of to buy multiple bottles is to take advantage of a...
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    Re: Your very first backup bottle ?

    OK, then I think my first backup bottle was Opium P.H. (EdT). Later I also bought multiple bottles of the EdP for the same reason. I'm pretty sure everything else I've ever had a second bottle of was...
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    Re: Your very first backup bottle ?

    I was going to answer based on the thread title until I read:

    Now I'm puzzled. Does it count if I bought more of something I already own because it was temporarily available for an...
  62. Thread: Similar Fragrances

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    Re: Similar Fragrances

    I find Davidoff Echo and Dior Homme Sport share a certain unusual metallic pungency. Both sort of tickle my nose and elicit a just-perceptible sense of anxiety, like they might possibly be dangerous...
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    Re: A challenge for you all: Wardrobe reduction

    For some this could be subtly different from the top 5. Suppose I madly love a certain style and my favorite 5 fragrances smell very similar, but if forced to keep just 5 fragrances I might want some...
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    Re: Anyone Remember Fragrance Vending Machines

    Imitation, clearly. The text above each brand name reads, "Our exquisite replica of"

    Funny how while companies like this use prominent brand names to sell imitations for pure profit, we're not...
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    Re: Your most used faves so far for 2008 ?

    My post is going to be off-topic, but these impressive personal statistics remind me:

    Wouldn't it be great to have a site feature that would keep track of this automatically? Instead of the...
  66. Thread: Similar Fragrances

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    Who needs one when you have the other?

    This thread idea is familiar! I think I (originally?) called it Who needs one when you have the other? Some discussion ensued as to whether this is fundamentally different from the old venerable...
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    Re: Dissapointed with L'instant pour homme

    Whatever citrus is present in l'Instant p.H. wasn't memorable for me. I think what turned me off was ("Mysore"?) sandalwood and maybe jasmine; I'm not attracted to sour and indolic notes generally.
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    Re: Burberry London problem

    I do smell something (that I like) but find it lacking in longevity.
  69. Re: If I Like Vetiver Extraordinaire, then I would also like

    Royall Vetiver has much better longevity than Lyme, the only other Royall I've tried. I'd say R.V. has at least average longevity for a fragrance, though perhaps less than some other vetivers.
    ...
  70. Poll: Re: Greatest Contemporary Classic among mainstream masculines

    Oops. I submitted before considering the multiple-choice aspect of the poll. I would have included Gucci P.H. at least.
  71. Re: If I Like Vetiver Extraordinaire, then I would also like

    Of the vetivers I've tried, I think perhaps Royall Vetiver is closest to V.E., but I've never smelled some of the others mentioned above. The Royall is a lot less concentrated, but of course a lot...
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    Re: SotD - Friday, 24 October 08

    oops
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    Re: SotD - Friday, 24 October 08

    It's been hot and dry this week: Santa Ana winds. Today I've got Malizia Vetyver Uomo on one forearm and Philosykos on the other.

    Update: This is my first post in over a year---in the droning void...
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    Re: do you ever literally crave a frag?

    I constantly crave a fag!
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    Re: By the way-where's Mr. Burr? No, not Raymond

    Yeah, occasionally he comes on and says Kouros smells better than anything Creed ever made. :D
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    Re: By the way-where's Mr. Burr? No, not Raymond

    Here's a segment of a radio show he appeared on last week:

    Chandler Burr on the scent of journalism
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    Re: Everything back to normal?

    Thanks for the info!
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    Re: Opium pH EDP = root beer!

    I'm not a root-beer connoisseur, so I can't answer that. I can say I thought the smell reminded me of root-beer candy as well as the beverage itself.
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    Opium pH EDP = root beer!

    I've had Opium pH EDP for a while, but just had an epiphany sniffing it a few minutes ago: it smells a lot like root beer!

    I have the EDT on the other wrist, and it isn't give me the same...
  80. Re: Something has to happen about the catapulting prices of perfume.

    I suppose as long as there are people willing to overypay, there will be others willing to overcharge.

    For my part, I smell everything I can, and buy what I like and consider affordable. I'll...
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    Re: Something tangy! (?)

    Usually when I smell Unforgivable I think of tangy fruit punch, which it basically is, even more than Millesime Imperial in my estimation. Other things that occur to me: one or both of the Paris...
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    Re: Notes you can't smell?

    For years I wondered what musk smells like. Many times I have made a point of wafting musk fragrances in effort to identify the note. I've come to the conclusion I don't experience musk as a scent,...
  83. Thread: Heritage vs BdP

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    Re: Heritage vs BdP

    Both feature sharp dryish woods and spices, especially in the heart. Héritage has a sweeter balsamic base, while BdP dries down to what I describe as a sickly sourness.
  84. Thread: Similar Fragrances

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    Re: Who needs one when you have the other?

    Ah, I picked the wrong response. Maybe this is more in the spirit:



    But who needs arguments when you have rhetoric? :D
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    Re: You think I'm wearing...WHAT???

    I presume you've read remarks about Musc Ravageur's remarkable simplicity. A while ago this thread proposed a simple mixture of Body Shop oils that apparently made a reasonable facsimilie. In the...
  86. Thread: Road Trip Scent

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    Re: Road Trip Scent

    Sung Homme. Don't ask me to explain!
  87. Thread: Similar Fragrances

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    Re: Who needs one when you have the other?

    Although I'd enjoy consulting the writings of dead white European men on this issue, I can't justify taking the time just now. Instead this reply will have to rely on my own reasoning, less...
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    Re: I asked EL why they discontinued DK Fuel

    One way for activists to send a message to Estée Lauder would be to contact this team requesting Havana and DK Men. I'm sort of curious what they'd turn up.
  89. Thread: Similar Fragrances

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    Who needs one when you have the other?

    I just had an idea for a concept thread: Who needs one fragrance when you have the other? Fill in your own specifics, such as:


    Who needs Paco Rabanne pour Homme when you have Caron pour un...
  90. Re: Luca Turin article text (part 3 of 3) in Fantastic Man mag with PICS

    No, better: he SMELLS in French! :D
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    Re: Boss Bottled, Allure, Pi, Lacoste, Silver Shadow

    I hadn't heard of Boss Bottled being discontinued. I've seen it in stores recently, and there's still Boss Bottled on Sephora.com. I thought this one sold well, too. But the SAs probably know some...
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    Re: Pipe or cigar smoke with perfume

    This is a bit tangential, but I'm looking for that too. But let me clarify: not the smell of pipe tobacco in the pouch so much as the lovely rich sweet smell that wafts over on the breeze when...
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    Boss Bottled, Allure, Pi, Lacoste, Silver Shadow

    To me, the fragrances in the thread title follow a certain trend: rich sweet vanilla warmed by some woods and spices and brightened by fruit on top. I happen to like the general effect of these...
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    Re: Negative Criticism - To say, or not to say ?

    I like negative and positive criticism, but I like it best of all if it provides some description that helps me relate to the experience of the author whether I have smelled the fragrance in question...
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    the scent of semen

    I'm having second thoughts about weighing in on this, but what the hell. :rolleyes:

    In my experience it does have a smell, but I will draw the line at trying to describe it. Instead here are some...
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    Re: The legendary recipe for Eau de Cologne Revealed!

    In addition to the usages mentioned above---the U.S. usage as usual being the most aberrant---there's also the one referring to a juice with a concentration of aromatic compounds below that of an an...
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    Re: guess what comprises these notes...

    Close: OpenCola. The Coca-Cola recipe isn't officially public, but probably contains most of the same flavorings, plus vanilla I think.

    Sometimes when I wear Royall Lyme I get whiffs that...
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    guess what comprises these notes...

    orange, lime, cassia, lemon, nutmeg, coriander, neroli, lavender
  99. Re: Your Thoughts on Michael for men and where to get it.

    This settles the existential question of Basenotes. We can post this information on the front page and close up shop. ;)
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    Re: Trussardi Uomo = Polo Green?

    I'd say these are in roughly the same genre, but within a certain group of scents I'm not sure they bear especial resemblance to each other. The comparison had never occurred to me, but I think I'll...
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