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  1. Thread: Slumberhouse

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    Re: Slumberhouse

    It's a pity that one has been discontinued :(
  2. Thread: Slumberhouse

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    Re: Slumberhouse

    Despite CompassRose's advice, I gave Baque and Jeke a try together today. There was some discord for the first few hours, particularly between the Baque's apricot and Jeke's leather. Later in the...
  3. Thread: Slumberhouse

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    Has anyone ever layered Slumberhouse fragrances together? It may be Basenotes blashphemy, but I'm thinking Baque and Jeke are calling to each other... Baque is like pipe tobacco sweetened with amber...
  4. Thread: Slumberhouse

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    I wore Jeke to the university the other day and got a compliment from a colleague. The combination of leather, tobacco, and smoked tea notes is reminiscent of the archetypal, old school professors...
  5. Thread: Slumberhouse

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    Of the ones that I've tried, I'd say Baque is the most wearable because its take on apricot/bourbon/tobacco/ambre is really quite beautiful and pleasing, but still unique. Jeke's smoky leathery...
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    Re: Sandalwood, what's "best?"

    I got myself an 8mL bottle of Al Taiba's bizarrely named "Swiss Gold" sandalwood attar. They claim it is all-natural and alcohol free... for the price ($6) I'm skeptical, but I like the way it...
  7. Thread: Slumberhouse

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    Re: Slumberhouse

    Come to think of it, this variance in the absolutes might account for some of the different perceptions people have of what is ostensibly the same fragrance.
  8. Thread: Slumberhouse

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    I can't recall, but which version did you have? Mine is the new extrait and I didn't get anything animalic out of it. If you also had that one, then I guess it must be skin chemistry and/or...
  9. Thread: Slumberhouse

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    I'm still working my way through the sample pack and have had a chance to wear Sova a couple times. The first time I over-applied (2 sprays from 12" inches distance) and was a bit overwhelmed until...
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    Re: New Mauboussin M Generation

    M Generation has been favourably compared to a number of fragrances, but, IMHO, is pretty awesome in its own right too. I'm still surprised it doesn't get more love on Basenotes...

    Where did you...
  11. Thread: Slumberhouse

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    I hear you about that Slumberhouse tenacity. Kere was still subtly present and medicinal two days after application, despite a shower and a douse of Alfred Sung Homme, which is quite a powerhouse in...
  12. Re: Which one in woody-spicy family would you consider masterpiece/groundbreaking

    That's good news. Thanks for keeping us posted!
  13. Re: Which one in woody-spicy family would you consider masterpiece/groundbreaking

    Hallelujah!
  14. Thread: Slumberhouse

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    Re: Slumberhouse

    I agree that all these fragrances take a bit of exertion, if only for the fact that I am constantly aware of them. Some of my designer scents can fade into the background of my awareness, while...
  15. Thread: Slumberhouse

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    I tried Kere yesterday and Norne the day before. Here are a few thoughts on the experiences.

    For the first few hours, Norne smells like a place, rather than a perfume. It is almost as though Josh...
  16. Thread: Slumberhouse

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    My recently arrived sample pack from Josh was shipped to Toronto with US Post...
  17. Thread: Slumberhouse

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    That makes me even more happy with the mini of Baque he sent me! It must have been one of the last ones...
  18. Thread: Slumberhouse

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    Re: Slumberhouse

    I started my journey through the sample pack with Baque, which I have worn for the last two days. It is quite different in structure and evolution than any other fragrance I've worn, but it is...
  19. Thread: Old Spice India?

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    Re: Old Spice India?

    I think it's actually different companies. Old Spice was originally made by Shulton starting in the 1930s, but was bought by Proctor & Gamble (P&G) in 1990, who reformulated it and called it Old...
  20. Thread: Old Spice India?

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    Re: Old Spice India?

    I have a long history with Old Spice; love it! The Indian version is closer to the old school Shulton. It is spicier and smoother than than the current P&G, which can be a bit harsh.

    I also have...
  21. Thread: Slumberhouse

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    My samples have finally arrived! I got Jeke, Pear + Olive, Norne, Sova, and Kere. There was also a mini of Baque and a hand written note from Josh apologizing for the delay. This is quite exciting...
  22. Thread: Slumberhouse

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    Re: Slumberhouse

    I got an email from him a couple days ago. Apparently he just got back from a vacation, so it is normal that he's got a bunch of emails to respond to and would be slower than normal. I agree with...
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    Re: What fragrance do you never get bored of?

    Old Spice. It is a sort of permanent basenote for me because I have been using the deodorant and aftershave since I started to need those things. And my dad used to use it sometimes, though my...
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    Re: Mauboussin - Génération M

    Well then, three cheers for that rich and intriguing vein of labdanum running through M Generation!

    As for the lack of discussion of it around here, I'm guessing not too many people have this one...
  25. Thread: Slumberhouse

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    Re: Slumberhouse

    In preparation for the arrival of my sample pack, I emailed Josh in regards to people's comments about the potency his fragrances. I asked for some guidance on application. Here is the relevant part...
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    Re: Mauboussin - Génération M

    Surfacing and MonkeyBars, thanks for chiming in.

    Left me qualify some of my earlier statements. I think one of the things that keeps me coming back to this one is the way it develops over its...
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    Re: Mauboussin - Génération M

    I also enjoy amplified scents, but am happy to have alternatives for those times when I find myself in fragrance intolerant environments i.e. my workplace. In fact, finding something like M...
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    Mauboussin - Génération M

    M Generation is an underrated fragrance that deserves a bit more discussion around here. There was a good thread about it when it launched in 2010, but that one was more focused on initial...
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    Re: Sandalwood, what's "best?"

    This thread is reminding me of how much I love sandalwood. I don't know that I have ever smelled the pure Mysore version, but sandalwood is forever associated with the incense burned at temples and...
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    Re: Some thoughts on "that Cologne guy"

    I think any discussion about absolute number of sprays is essentially meaningless because fragrances vary in concentration and potency. Furthermore, not all sprayers are putting out the same volume!...
  31. Thread: Slumberhouse

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    Re: Slumberhouse

    My order is in and I look forward to reporting back!
  32. Thread: Slumberhouse

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    Re: Slumberhouse

    Well, fragrances can get bad reactions if they are too intense, even when they smell good, eh? There is an article about that on the Basenotes mainpage:...
  33. Thread: Slumberhouse

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    Hmmmm, that ain't good. Would you mind expanding a bit? Which fragrances, how much were you wearing, and how bad was the reaction?
  34. Thread: Slumberhouse

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    Re: Slumberhouse

    Yes, value for money is a bit of a different argument than wearability, but both have been related to the general appeal -- or perceived lack of appeal -- of Slumberhouse fragrances.

    If one knows...
  35. Thread: Slumberhouse

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    Thanks for the replies, folks. I'm definitely looking for something different, but had been given pause by some of the replies to this thread.

    The comments about potency and application technique...
  36. Thread: Slumberhouse

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    Re: Slumberhouse

    I've never tried a niche fragrance, but I've been thinking about ordering a Slumberhouse sample pack. Are these scents really THAT far out? Or is their niche-ness more indicative of a small operation...
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    Re: Ok to mix batches?

    I would try pouring my Gengis Khan sample into my full bottle because the sample is a higher concentration, which brings out more of the spicy top notes. The problem is getting the atomizer out of...
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    Re: New Mauboussin M Generation

    I find the sillage and projection fairly minimal too, but I appreciate that it lasts for a long time. 5 sprays on my chest and neck, with one of those under my shirt, and it seems to go for 12+...
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    Re: New Mauboussin M Generation

    Give it a full wearing and let us know what you think!

    I also blind bought it and found that Redneck Perfumisto's description was quite accurate. Love this stuff :)
  40. Re: My (Unfortunately) Most-Complimented Cologne: Curve Revisited

    Actually, no. I consider that to be good value :thumbsup:
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    Re: I am tired of the WEAK. I NEED YOUR HELP!!!!!!

    I was going to suggest Sung Homme. It is strong enough that 2 sprays is enough to project and last all day; 1 on the chest, 1/2 on each side the neck. One time when I accidentally wore 3 sprays, my...
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    Re: Burberry London. Projection and longevity.

    Maybe I've been too hard on good ol' Burberry London and should give it another try...

    If it is designed to last, but not to project, then it makes a good work scent for situations where sillage...
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    Re: Matching fragrances to your look

    I suppose it depends on whether one thinks of fragrance as a sign/symbol or as art.

    If it is something that signifies something to someone, then scents can be matched to looks based on all manner...
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    Re: Comments on my Wardrobe?

    I'm thinking now of asking for a bunch Christmas samples of scent I haven't tried, rather than full bottles: I Hate Perfume's 2nd Cumming, the Slumberhouse 5 pack, Bogart Pour Homme, Tom Ford...
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    Re: 12 sprays and counting...

    Here's a little follow up. My flanker of the 2008 Special Edition is finished and I also went through another sample of the regular Burberry London just to double check. It's basically impossible to...
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    Re: 'Safest Loud' office fragrance...

    In my neck of the woods, many offices are going scent-free, while in others there is just social pressure to turn down the sillage. It would seem that a "safe" scent, then, is one that doesn't...
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    Re: New Mauboussin M Generation

    I've only seen the EdP, which is what I have in my wardrobe. As Surfacing says, the Mauboussin site only shows the EdP.

    I don't find it particularly sweet, at least not in a sugary sense. The...
  48. Thread: Watch out...

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    Re: Watch out...

    There is a general trend in my area towards social pressure to reduce fragrance. Many offices, hospitals, and schools actually post signs saying they are scent-free environments. Some places are as...
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    Re: What is your workhorse, day to day, scent?

    For work and school, M Génération by Mauboussin.
    For home and play, Alfred Sung Homme.
  50. GENGIS KHAN (New Formula): concentration

    I sent an email to Marc de la Morandière to mention my concerns about the concentration and received a prompt reply from the man himself. The new version will be 80%/vol, which means it will be...
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    Re: My encounter with Perfume Court

    There is a fairly comprehensive FAQ on The Perfumed Court contact page that addresses all these issues. In particular, it says to allow up to 3 weeks for domestic shipping, so I don't see what the...
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    Re: Comments on my Wardrobe?

    I really like both Burberry London and YSL Rive Gauche, which is why they are on my wish list, but both have some similarities to things already in my wardrobe.

    Rochas Man, however, would be a...
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    Comments on my Wardrobe?

    Christmas is coming and it is time to update my "wish list" :smiley: I'd be most grateful for any and all comments or suggestions about the state of my wardrobe.

    As much as I like sniffing...
  54. Re: Received New GENGIS KHAN Today from MdM (New Formula)!!

    That is great news that de la Morandière is getting closer to a re-release of Gengis Khan and I'm pleased to read that he has been so generous as to send out advance samples to some basenoters!


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    Re: New Fragrance: Lady Gaga Fame

    My girlfriend tried a spray of this on her arm the other day, while we were at Shopper's. In the display, they were using the "talon" top upside down, as a sort of stand for it. I have to admit, the...
  56. Re: Does Sung Homme have a strong resemblance to Polo or One Man Show?

    Mine is a tester and says "distributed by EA fragrances (New York), made in USA" on the bottom. The other day, I found an EdT and aftershave set on sale for $20 (the same price I paid for my tester...
  57. Re: Does Sung Homme have a strong resemblance to Polo or One Man Show?

    I have recently become a devotee of Sung Homme for a few reasons. It smells sharp, clean, and soapy off the top (i.e. Irish Spring), but it is balanced by a rich, spicy heart and a solid (but...
  58. Thread: Overrated...

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    Re: Overrated...

    There are many scents that get a lot of hype among aficionados on Basenotes and another set that are top sellers in the larger market. I've been finding that a lot of the scents that enthusiasts like...
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    Re: 12 sprays and counting...

    I wonder what percentage of the population could be anosmic to some of the ingredients? I've never had a comment, positive or negative, from anyone except my gf. Even at 20ish sprays, she doesn't...
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    Re: 12 sprays and counting...

    Update: lately, I've been wearing about 20 sprays of Burberry London Special Edition 2008 and find that to be about right. I went up as high as 25, but that ended up being a bit too heavy... somehow...
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    Re: Jubilation XXV smells different

    I'd say trying to test a full bottle would be the best way to determine what you're getting into with a purchase. It was rather disappointing for me to discover that my mini sample of de la...
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    Re: Jubilation XXV smells different

    double post
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    Re: Jubilation XXV smells different

    With a decant, there is also the possibility that the new bottle wasn't entirely clean...

    I have sometimes noticed variation between original bottles of fragrances, which I have generally...
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    Re: WOW ... Dior Fahrenheit

    I haven't spent any time on the flankers... perhaps I'll have to reconsider the equation. Thanks!
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    Re: Fragrance for a Professor

    I've been working my way through testing some of these generous suggestions... it could be a long term -- albeit pleasurable -- task! Some of the more niche or rare scents will likely need to wait...
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    Re: SCOOP: Genghis Khan by Marc de la Morandiere

    I received my vintage Gengis Khan Edt spray from eBay and have had a chance to give it a couple wearings. Both my girlfriend and I agree that it seemed a bit different from the mini splash Edt I got...
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    Re: New Mauboussin M Generation

    My girlfriend did indeed get me M Generation for Valentines and I love it. Luckily, so does she! It is a voluptuous ball of spicy, incensey, fruity, woody awesomeness and the powers-that-be at...
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    Re: Siillage tips, or how much is too much

    For me the consideration of sillage is a function of two things: the power of the scent itself and the context. Some fragrances don't project much, even with 15 sprays, while others really only need...
  69. Re: missing from directory: Mauboussin M Generation

    Nice!
  70. Thread: Fragrance Value

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    Re: Fragrance Value

    A shopper after my own heart! I'm also a big fan of discounters, online or otherwise :thumbup:

    Comparison shopping is key for me too. One thing that surprises me is how sometimes a smaller bottle...
  71. Thread: Fragrance Value

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    Re: Fragrance Value

    hednic, I'm not surprised by your guilt! And I have you to thank for leading me to Gengis Khan, which is the most I've ever spent on a fragrance... I guess some things are priceless :coolold:


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  72. Thread: Fragrance Value

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    Fragrance Value

    I had a funny realization today about the value of a fragrance: assuming that I like two fragrances equally, the better value will go to the one that costs less per use. For some people, price is no...
  73. missing from directory: Mauboussin M Generation

    M Generation by Mauboussin is a worthy fragrance and currently in production, but has not yet been added to the Basenotes Directory.

    There has, however, been some discussion about it here:...
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    Re: Your Scent "Profile"

    I tried out some dryer balls today and they work quite well. I used just one dryer sheet for static and the scent is quite mild. Maybe next time I'll try no dryer sheets at all and see if the dryer...
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    Re: V&R Spicebomb @ Harrod's ....

    Very true about the level of focus. Surface or details? Top, heart, or base notes? Sniffed up close or at a distance? Sprayed on skin, clothing, or tester paper? There are so many factors and a...
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    Re: Enthusiasm for your collection

    I only buy fragrances that I really like and I usually get rid of them by using them up. Scents that I've been gifted and am not thrilled about, I might prune a bit quicker by either giving away or...
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    Re: How do you feel about TESTER BOTTLES?

    There are new, in box testers, and also used testers. Which type of tester are we talking about?

    I'm OK with both type of testers if the discount is significant enough, though I'd rather have the...
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    Re: What will be your sexy juice for Valentines Day?

    My girlfriend (early) gifted me a bottle of Mauboussin M Generation, so I'll probably wear that.
  79. Re: Establishing an identity through scent - are us enthusiasts missing the boat?

    Asking about people's identities -- and how they are established -- can be a very touchy question...
  80. Re: Establishing an identity through scent - are us enthusiasts missing the boat?

    The topic of "identity" is an interesting, yet exceedingly complicated one. The first thing that I think of is the fact that neither identity, nor the self it is supposed to identify, are either...
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    Re: Just For Fun: Fragrance Comments

    In regards to the dry-down of D&G The One Gentlemen, Jacomo Aura for Men, and Marc Jacobs Bang, my girlfriend suggests "it smells like spit."

    My Hong Kong roommate and his friends think Old Spice...
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    Re: Dolce & Gabanna "the one" for men

    I liked the Gentlemen flanker of The One better than the original because it is a bit drier, while my girlfriend liked neither. Longevity and projection are both sub par.
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    Re: Burberry London. Projection and longevity.

    The projection for me is minimal, even directly after applying. If I use 10-12 sprays, mostly under or directly on my clothes, I get around 6-8 hours. If I only use 5-6 sprays on my skin, it is gone...
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    Re: SCOOP: Genghis Khan by Marc de la Morandiere

    Does it remind you of any '80s scent in particular? I really appreciate the fact that it is masculine and long lasting, without being overpowering in terms of sillage.

    I agree that 120 Euros is a...
  85. Re: Love vetiver based frags or not at all ? Please why?

    I like vetiver, just not on me. That's not to say that I don't want any vetiver in my fragrances, rather that it doesn't suit me when it is a dominant note. This is purely a scent memory/association...
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    Re: 12 sprays and counting...

    I wish skin chemistry was the number one factor. I have been moving more of my sprays onto my clothes and it makes only a small difference to the longevity.

    Yesterday I sprayed 2 on me, 4 under...
  87. Thread: A cautionary tale

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    Re: A cautionary tale

    That was hilarious. The funniest thing? Its truth :shocked::grin::shocked::grin:
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    Re: New Mauboussin M Generation

    Thanks for getting back to me about this one, Surfacing. I think I am up for a blind buy and I promise I won't bemoan my fate if it doesn't work for me. Luckily, the cost is reasonably low, so the...
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    Re: New Mauboussin M Generation

    I haven't been able to find any samples of this and, apparently, the only Mauboussin boutiques in Asia are in Singapore and Korea. It is very interesting to note, however, that there is a pdf...
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    Re: 12 sprays and counting...

    Thanks BOOMER and d4N13L for the recommendations on alternative fragrances. I think there was a thread recently too, on how Burberry London is similar to Bogart PH.





    If it is simply a...
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    Re: Your Scent "Profile"

    It seems like there are mixed results in regards to static, but I'll try the dryer balls without dryer sheets in order to see for myself. Ecofriendliness makes it that much better!
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    12 sprays and counting...

    I really like Burberry London. I have the original, with its accompanying aftershave and shower gel. I also have the Special Edition flanker from 2008. But the longevity and projection are...
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    Re: Your Scent "Profile"

    I'm not really surprised to read that a lot of people seem to avoid scented products. I'm inspired to give those dryer balls a try (with half a dryer sheet for static control) and see if that can...
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    Re: Dealing with Discontinuation

    I like this idea. Thanks, too, for the recommendations on places to order samples from.
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    Your Scent "Profile"

    I've been thinking about how omnipresent scented products are these days and how that can affect one's perception of a fragrance. To start with there are obvious examples like deodorant, soap,...
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    Re: Modern 'Manly' scent wanted for guy in his 30s

    That's an interesting article, thanks for the link.
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    Re: New Mauboussin M Generation

    Thanks for that and I look forward to your follow up comments!
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    Re: Bought Zirh Ikon - Blown Away!

    In other threads, Zirh Ikon has been compared favorably to both Gucci PH and Dunhill Edition. It is far less expensive than either of those, I'm still on a grad-student budget, and I'm not averse to...
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    Re: "Getting It" - What does that mean?

    For me, "getting" a fragrance and liking it are not the same thing. "Getting it" is more intellectual or cerebral, such as being able to differentiate the note pyramid, identify accords, understand...
  100. Re: Where have all of the rich, warm, manly scents gone?

    +1 for Old Spice. It is definitely common but it is also certainly rich. I don't get powdery from it, if that means like baby powder, rather it is sort of creamy from the blend of all those different...
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