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    Old and new Grain de Plaisir (MPG)?

    Has anyone tried both the old, 90ml/3oz and the new, 100ml/3.3oz versions of Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier's Grain de Plaisir?

    I left it too late to acquire Baime, by which time only the latter was...
  2. Thread: Wormwood

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    Re: Wormwood

    Wormwood is also in the traditional herbal materia medica. It's all about how it's used.
  3. Thread: Luca Turin??

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    Re: Luca Turin??

    If I'm not mistaken, Erdos is the subject of a book called "The Man Who Loved Only Numbers." I didn't read the whole of it, but only enough to find the answer to the question that had troubled me...
  4. Thread: Luca Turin??

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    Re: Luca Turin??

    "Such is their cheekiness that they originally hoped to call their book The Song of Pongs. And when I ask Turin if the maxim about wearing scent where one wants to be kissed is good advice, he...
  5. Thread: Luca Turin??

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    Re: Luca Turin??

    I couldn't agree more.
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    Re: Where has SHISEIDO BASALA gone ???

    Rumi said that a perfectly wise man would cease to exist.

    It's almost as if the same is true of perfect fragrances.
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    Re: The most masculine fragrance you have tried?

    Madini Black Musk. It's like Mount Athos without the religion.
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    Re: Fragrance snobbery

    There was a comment in another thread yesterday -- I can't be bothered to find it, but it's there -- where someone compared people who "love" Acqua di Gio to people who "love" fast food. The obvious...
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    Re: Fragrance snobbery

    Years ago, in an earlier incarnation of this forum, a poster whose identity escapes me reported a conversation with someone who works in the perfume (manufacturing) industry in which the insider...
  10. Re: i *love* guerlain vetiver, but it smells like old guy to others... help!

    Thank the Pong Gods for showing you that you need new friends. Non-ageist ones.
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    Re: Any experience with www.fragrancex.com ?

    I see you're in Canada. So am I. That's why I'll repeat what I've posted before.

    I ordered from FragranceX and thought I had selected USPS as my shipping method. I wanted it sent to a PO box.
    ...
  12. Re: Santal Noble: can someone explain to me the topnotes?

    I had a sample of the original, and the coffee was evident to me. Superbly so.
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    Re: Cacharel Pour L'Homme-a nutmeg feast or not?

    Only because I've mentioned it before, and I don't wish to bore, do I hesitate to say that I remember Cacharel Pour Homme vividly from the time it first appeared, in London, UK, as it happens, and...
  14. Re: An enligtening conversation I had with a non scent fanatic friend

    Absolutely correct. If it's been a long time since you tasted (say) a carrot (and my point would be made even clearer if you had, in fact, never tasted a carrot), the smell of a freshly cut carrot...
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    Re: YSL M7 reformulated?!!!!

    No, you're not the only one.
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    Re: What I viewed at Macy's was shocking!!!!!!

    A great big Ponzi smell.
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    Re: Who Shops With FragranceX - Feedback?

    I do not expect ever to order from them again because I'm in Canada and I wanted it sent by USPS, and the facility on the website seemed to give me that option, and I thought I had selected it. Then...
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    Re: Woods of Windsor vs. Blenheim Bouquet

    I agree with Odysseusm, there is little similarity. It's a long time since I experienced Woods of Windsor, but I'm not sure "light" is a word I'd apply; not to the after shave, anyway, and, at...
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    Re: Woods of Windsor vs. Blenheim Bouquet

    I went through a couple of bottles of the after shave when I was living in London in the '80s, and I can tell you its longevity is equalled only by its sillage, which I think may have induced (from...
  20. Re: A Sad Story. Traumatic Brain Injury=Loss of Smell

    If the impairment of your olfactory sense is caused by one or more of the medications, that means that if and when you get to the point where you can discontinue the medication, your sense of smell...
  21. Re: Frags that literally smell like vile/wretched things.

    The first time I smelled Yatagan I got a very strong impression of a steaming pile of cow crap, but there's obviously a great deal more to it than that. And while the urinal references of many when...
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    Re: Patou PH After Shave

    I have what the box says is after shave, in a tall oblong bottle. The (spray) bottle itself, however, doesn't say "after shave" or "apres rasage"; it just says, "Patou Pour Homme" and "Vapomiseur." ...
  23. Re: Discontinued fragrances: treason to loyal consumers

    I would far rather they discontinue something altogether than reformulate it. The latter is unforgivable in my view, an expression of utter contempt for the unsuspecting customer who quite...
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    Re: Visited Guerlain booth today

    I have a sample of Coriolan. Perhaps they stopped.
  25. Re: Where to buy Cacharel in London, plus any suggestions for other similar fragrance

    I remember Cacharel when it first appeared, a clove (or mace?) and ylang ylang sledgehammer that a fellow down the hall put on in the morning, leaving the hallway itself suffused after he'd emerged...
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    Re: Madini's oil perfumes: can men pull them off?

    Ambre, Musk Gazelle, Sun, Shadow, Success, Sheik, Tarik, Agarwood, all superb. Fougere, Oud, Ambargris, nice, or at least interesting, enough. Black Musk -- a urinal in a public men's washroom that...
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    Sticky: Re: Sexy masculine animalistic

    Body Kouros Aftershave, at least in its original formulation. (I don't know that it has been tampered with, but just in case.) I applied it in requisite amounts to "cover the affected area," as the...
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    Re: Herbal notes on a warm breeze... "garrigue"

    I find that MPG's Garrigue has (at least what I think is) a prominent sage note, and is considerably sweeter than Green Irish Tweed. I like it very much. It's very refreshing and uplifting. In...
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    Re: A fruity/citrus for us older guys

    Wear what you like and tell anyone who tells you, or even implies, that you are too old for it or it is too young for you to go screw themselves.
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    Re: Patou PH discontinuation - year

    I don't know when it was discontinued, but I can tell you that I recently emailed Procter and Gamble (using the facility on their website), asking them to start making it again, and mentioning what I...
  31. Thread: MPG changes

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    Re: MPG reformulations

    Does anyone know if Baime has been interfered with?
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    Re: Scents and Sinus Problems

    If you haven't done so you might consult an otolaryngologist and find out if you have polyps. Facial pain can be one of the symptoms. If you do, he may offer you steroids or surgical removal, and...
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    Re: Nasal Irrigation & Neti Pots

    It does pass from one nostril to the other when I have used the NeilMed kit, unless, of course, the other nostril is already blocked, in which case it can help to unblock it. You can get a very good...
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    Re: Nasal Irrigation & Neti Pots

    If you're going to be washing out your sinuses with salty water, you need to make sure that you use non-iodized salt, which can be purchased in health food stores. Ordinary table salt has iodine...
  35. Re: In Traditional Muslim Societies is Aoud a Male Designated Accord?

    http://quranicverse99.tripod.com/pathtoparadise/id7.html

    'Ibn Hajar narrated a very beautiful and inspiring event, which occurred with the Prophet (sallallahu alaiyhi wa sallam), and his...
  36. Re: In Traditional Muslim Societies is Aoud a Male Designated Accord?

    I believe there's a hadith (Tradition of the Prophet Muhammad) according to which he said, "Three things in this world are dear to me: women, perfume and prayer."
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    Re: Antaeus old and new.

    If it ever gets organized, for a name I suggest Smellers Troubled Increasingly by Negatively Compromised Colognes. STINCC.
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    Re: Antaeus old and new.

    The Antaeus that is currently available is a pathetic, unidimensional travesty of the original. Not worth bothering with at all, in my view. I gather that the disembowelling/emasculation/...
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    Re: The emasculation of Yatagan

    I got mine, with the red stripe, just a few months ago, and on first whiff the image that came into my head was of standing in a vat of fresh cow dung. That is only the beginning, of course, and I...
  40. Re: Nomination for worst inspiration for a cologne...

    Taxi, by Cofinluxe.
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    Re: Canadian Fragrancex Order

    I (I'm in Ontario) ordered from FragranceX last year, and thought I had selected USPS as the mode of delivery. It arrived by UPS, and since it was delivered to the proprietor of the shop where I...
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    Re: Cheers to Grant!

    Thanks, Grant.
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    Re: I dont understand how men over 25-26-27 MAX ca

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    The posting of copyrighted text is forbidden. If you wish to pass on some information from another source, either link to...
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    Re: Wore Habit Rouge last night and had a......

    And you're distinguishing between the two why?? Because the first part of my comment toward you was sarcastic?

    You just seem very self-important. I doubt anything I post here will change that. I'm...
  45. Thread: ...

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    Re: Wore Habit Rouge last night and had a......

    lol, oh come now. irony is not a hard concept to understand. methinks you give yourself a bit too much credit if you believe irony is lost on the masses. i suspect that it's not that we don't "get"...
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    Re: Wore Habit Rouge last night and had a......

    lol, oh come now. irony is not a hard concept to understand. methinks you give yourself a bit too much credit if you believe irony is lost on the masses. i suspect that it's not that we don't "get"...
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    Re: Wore Habit Rouge last night and had a......

    Pluran, many, if not most, North Americans have a very tough time with irony. Sarcasm they get, and, of course, use; but irony is... well, it's just too complicated for them. Something tells me that...
  48. Re: How important to you is a scent's "masculinity

    Bingo[/quote]


    The problem there, surely, is that Havana wouldn't be Havana without the jasmine, Antaeus wouldn't be Antaeus without the rose, Tuscany per Uomo Forte wouldn't be TpUF without the...
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    Re: Vétiver Extraordinaire - For Which Season?

    After repeated and earnest attempts, it still reminds me of standing in front of an old photocopying machine. I stopped trying to like it when I realized that I was risking letting the memory of it...
  50. Re: How important to you is a scent's "masculinity

    I find that there is a difference between fragrances that could be worn by either, and seem appropriate in the sense of not being in disharmony with the gender of the wearer, and ones that are,...
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    Re: Top 3 Maître Parfumeur et Gantier Frags?

    In addition to those mentioned, Garrigue has wood and citrus, and I liked it right away; Baime has wood(s) with the basil, and it took a little more getting used to, but my appreciation was...
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    Re: What's the Ultimate Summer Frag?

    Profumi di Firenze Fresco di Vetiver is probably the freshest (and therefore, presumably, summery) thing I've ever let up my nose. I only have a sample that she kindly put in when I ordered from...
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    Re: Anybody still buy Aftershave Lotion?

    My experience is that with after shave, its uninterrupted proximity to the nose usually means that I can't smell it myself. So what's the point, if your reason for using it is the fragrance?

    A...
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    Re: Best tobacco scent

    L'Uomo Trussardi, albeit it's discontinued. Whether it's 'the best' is a relative thing, but I find the tobacco note in it to be similar to the one in Dolce and Gabbana PH.
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    Re: Looking for a very clove-y scent

    I think that when it comes to describing the subjective effect of fragrances, what seems to be babble can sometimes convey more than ostensible attempts at scientific precision, precisely because the...
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    Re: Ungaro III thoughts

    A recent thread about Ungaro III included the revelation that it's yet another fragrance that has been altered, and not for the better. Reading that made comprehensible the disparity between some of...
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    Re: Grown Up/Classy Suggestions

    Santos Concentree

    Lorenzo Villoresi Vetiver

    Eau des Iles

    L'Anarchiste

    Madini Ambre
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    Re: How is fragrance regarded in your culture?

    If I'm not mistaken, there is even a Hadith (Tradition of the Prophet Mohammed) according to which he said, 'Three things in this world are dear to me: perfume, women and prayer.'

    Roxoff
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    Re: Spanish Leather any good? Who amkes best SL???

    I like Trumper's Spanish Leather quite a lot, but it may help when it comes to trying to figure out the whole leather business if you realize that the fact that they call it 'Spanish Leather' doesn't...
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    Re: Looking for Davidoff classic substitute

    Surely we can all understand how pleasant associations are formed. There's very little objectivity about any of this. An abundance of factors, from the weather to I-don't-know-what, conspire to...
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    Re: Good Incense frags please

    I've never understood the concept of an incense smell, since the materials used both for the combustible base and as the fragrant components vary widely.

    Roxoff
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    Re: no food = sharp nose?

    I read somewhere that, in fact, the taste buds on the tongue can only detect sweet, salt, sour and bitter. Everything else that we think of as taste is really smell.

    So it may stand to reason that...
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    Re: Perceptions of scents

    I recall a contribution in a previous incarnation of this forum from someone who said he worked in the fragrance industry -- not selling them, but making them. He wrote (and I'm paraphrasing, the...
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    Re: Girls and "Gourmands"

    There is, I suggest, something to be learned from the responses of women and girls to fragrances worn by men other than the fact that they are all different. It is that the woman or girl in question...
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    Re: My father is furious over Basenotes

    This reminds me of something Ringo Starr said many years ago, about an individual in Britain who was then a well known advertising and promotion talent, and went on to become a best selling pulp...
  66. Thread: Toothpaste..!!!

    by Roxoff
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    Re: Toothpaste..!!!

    There's material on the WWW by a Dr. Gerard F. Judd that presents a different and interesting point of view about toothpaste and tooth care and, especially, fluoride and its consequences for health. ...
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    Re: The ULTIMATE Basenotes LEATHER thread

    The note on Trumper's website seems to be saying that there is no leather in their Spanish Leather: it rather comprises notes that have traditionally been used to perfume leather. That's sort of the...
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    Re: I dont understand how men over 25-26-27 MAX ca

    I don't even know where to begin. Are you serious?

    Roxoff
  69. Re: This horrifying BO thing I smelled awhile ago.

    By far the worst case I ever encountered, and I mean mythic-level stench permeating a large room, suffusing the room after he had left, and clinging to my own clothes after I had sat next to him for...
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    Re: Driven a Woody lately?  

    I get much more rosewood than sandalwood in LV Vetiver. Of course, rosewood is inherently a much stronger aroma.

    The Madini Talisman line has a number of items with strong wood elements.

    Roxoff
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    Re: Am I NUTS ??? (Long post - True story)

    You're the opposite of nuts. The people who ARE nuts are the ones who think we should live to work instead of working to live. In the compelling and funny (self deprecating humour -- being able to...
  72. Thread: Patrick Bateman

    by Roxoff
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    Re: Patrick Bateman

    That's entirely consistent. Psychopaths are as effective as they are precisely because they are so plausible, which in many contexts means being excessively ingratiating. Often they are very popular...
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    Re: Rustic Fragrance

    L'Anarchiste.
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    Re: I just can NOT find a KNOCKOUT LEATHER!

    Hi SixCats,

    Thanks for the welcome -- I have been lurking for a while, and am indeed familiar with your penchant for pungent pongs (for lack of a better word or words). To some extent I share it,...
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    Re: I just can NOT find a KNOCKOUT LEATHER!

    I have a sample of Peau d'Espagne, and it reminds me of frying pork wieners. That is not because I don't like leather fragrances, since I do appreciate, for instance, Creed Royal English Leather,...
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    Re: The best men's rose scent?

    I like Ungaro III very much but I don't detect any rose in it. Of course, I don't detect any rose in VdR either.[/quote]


    I've only tried Ungaro III once, sampling it at a retail outlet, and the...
  77. Thread: Nutmeg note

    by Roxoff
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    Re: Nutmeg note

    Not the new Cacharel, which seems to be dominated by bergamot, as I found out when I ordered some a couple of years ago, expecting the strong nutmeg I remembered from the '80s.
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