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  1. Re: "Guernisia" perfumes -- anyone ever heard of them?

    Blimey. Indeed. Still... Guernsey? That's the last place I'd expect there to be a pharmacist perfumer, even working on a small scale. On the other hand, the name 'Guernesia' might be pointing towards...
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    Re: Designer High-End Ranges ? Your Tips !

    Louis Vuitton is another one that seems to get a decent amount of praise. Personally, I had a decant of Au Hasard, which was very nice.

    I like the Armani Prive line. Their Vetiver d'Hiver is a...
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    Re: Your favorite Serge Lutens????

    A La Nuit is probably one of my favourite scents ever. It's one of the most realistic depictions of night blooming jasmine (my favourite note) that I have come across. That being said, I don't like...
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    Re: Recommend me a Citurs Fragrance for Summer

    - Simone Andreoli Malibu is an absolute gem. It has an awesome lime note paired with coconut, and is a very, very strong performer,
    - If you like floral citruses, you can have a go at Atelier...
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    Re: Your favorite Serge Lutens????

    It's beautiful and very unique with its mentholated opening, but again, it's not that wearable for me.
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    Re: Your favorite Serge Lutens????

    Iris Silver Mist is gorgeous, but not a fragrance that I wear often. I need a certain state of mind for it. I own it in the travel spray format.

    I have quite a few SLs in my collection, and my...
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    Re: Flankers That Far Surpass The Original

    Mugler has oodles of flankers for each scent, releasing them in a pretty much yearly cycle. And quite a few of them fit my tastes better than the originals. Notable examples:

    - Pure Havanne
    -...
  8. Re: Perfumes that transport you back to your childhood?

    Jasmine soliflores, particularly A La Nuit.
  9. Re: The Most Interesting Recent Female Releases ?

    I believe the new Diptyques are the same scents as before in a limited edition packaging.

    Any recent Narciso Rodriguez and Bottega Veneta (except perhaps Illusione) are worth trying IMO. The...
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    Re: Has anyone tried Moschino Toy Boy for men?

    It's a surprisingly good scent. I'm sure there was another thread about it.
  11. Re: Thank God for Basenotes! A haven from the madness.

    This:

    Please note that these tests are in transit to us and are due to arrive the week commencing April 6th. We are accepting back-orders and your order will be dispatched within 24 hours of the...
  12. Re: Thank God for Basenotes! A haven from the madness.

    I'm working from home at the moment but our company is looking at furloughing all non-essential staff. Our department might be scaled down temporarily, which wouldn't be the end of the world for me...
  13. Re: What’s the difference between Kilian Intoxicated black/gold and black/silver bottle?

    I think the original release was with the silver details, and then it has been moved to 'The Cellars' sub collection which has golden accents.
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    Re: Latest Chanel - Paris-Edimbourg!

    Hmm, the notes sound tempting. Good to see it's something else rather than another citrus fragrance.
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    Re: You're having a nightmare...

    This. So much this. And it has actually happened to me. I've used a bonbon sample of Wall Street before going to work. I ended up begging my coworker for wet wipes to get it off my wrists as soap...
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    Re: Life and Work midst Silence and Fear

    After re-reading what I posted I think I may have not worded myself clearly. My point was that the NHS should not be privatised and left to vultures, and that the government should invest more into...
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    Re: Life and Work midst Silence and Fear

    Thank you for your account. I don't want to sound overly dramatic, but you people on the front line in those hospitals are our soldiers in the trenches right at this moment, fighting for all of our...
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    Re: Is nasomatto baraonda blind buy worthy?

    I'm very surprised to see that this is such a divisive scent. I personally the think it's rather easy to like, and would make a relatively safe blind buy.
  19. Thread: Eat Me

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    Re: Eat Me

    Assuming you're in the US:

    https://us.etatlibredorange.com/collections/fragrances/products/fils-de-dieu-en?variant=22197578334287

    Fils de Dieu has a subtle Thai food feel to it without being...
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    Re: HERMÈS new Men's pillar fragrance

    Twilly is a fantastic scent that is very left-field compared to what most mainstream houses come up with for the young female demographic. Her Hermessence creations are also rather well received, and...
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    Re: What I received since my Jan 01 BN break :)

    Welcome back Ifti, and enjoy your new fragrances :smiley:
  22. Re: Thank God for Basenotes! A haven from the madness.

    I agree. There are people who survived WW2, and some still remember the much more recent rationing in Eastern Europe during post-war Communism. Yes, the scarcity of certain goods is scary to people...
  23. Re: No better time than now to wear - perfumes you couldn't/wouldn't wear to work

    I'm having a stinking cold at the moment so no desire to wear fragrance, but have already fantasised about wearing a healthy dose of MKK. Trouble is that my partner, who's also at home, isn't a fan...
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    Re: I’m having an existential crisis

    As long as your own financial situation is stable, and you are sure of future employment, then go for it. Try to support the smaller boutiques and independents if you can, though.
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    Re: Need Help With Mystery Decant

    If it feels mentholated at the top, it might be Tubereuse Criminelle. The colour of the juice is very similar to what's in my bottle of it.
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    Re: Today I Didn't Buy

    What are the Jack Black fragrances like? I like their cosmetics, but never came across their fragrances.
  27. Re: 1st "scent" that grabbed your attention? natural smell, perfume, essential oil, attar, incense,

    The first thing that grabbed me was jasmine. It grew where I used to live as a child and teen, and I remember the scent at night, especially in summer. It's sweet, creamy, and delicious whilst being...
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    Re: Anyone Have Experience with SELFRIDGES & CO.?

    I've seen the email you mention, but they haven't said anything about shipping outside the country:
    ...
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    Re: A face for a Perfume

    A rather unusual image of Sophia Loren, probably my favourite Golden Age bombshell. I'd pair her with L'Ombre Fauve for this image:

    https://i.redd.it/4nlw8vwzb1q11.jpg



    Yes, his fragrances...
  30. Re: Cologne possible cause of low coronavirus cases in Turkey

    Good to know. I assumed it would be just alcohol and fragrance, but I had a look and some ingredient lists and they all seem to include water, thus lowering the alcohol content.
  31. Re: Cologne possible cause of low coronavirus cases in Turkey

    I can definitely see it work the same as hand sanitiser when used judiciously to refresh oneself. I'm not sure how widely it is used in Turkey (it's definitely used very copiously at my local Turkish...
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    Re: Recommend me an Amouage?

    Personally, I like Honour Woman and Epic Woman.

    Honour is a wonderful floral with a light dose of fruit that doesn't cheapen it down. I could see it as being a perfect white wedding scent for a...
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    Re: Need Help IDing This Bottle and Fragrance

    Personally, I would gather that this is a relatively recent bottle. The juice inside tends to turn from blue to brown after a few years, even if there is no exposure to light or air.
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    Re: Remakes that are better than the originals

    I wouldn't call it a remake, but rather a remix: EldO Fils de Dieu vs. L'Eau de Shalimar.
  35. Re: What are your mission, vision and values when it comes to fragrance?

    You kept it very real too! :beer:

    I appreciate the link you posted earlier about the MVV differences, I always struggled with those.
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    Re: A face for a Perfume

    Helen Mirren must be one of the most attractive human beings on earth.

    I can see the Andalusian Antonio Banderas in Serge Lutins Sarrasins:

    https://wallpapercave.com/wp/wp3847212.gif
  37. Re: What are your mission, vision and values when it comes to fragrance?

    I gave it a ponder and came up with this. It can't hurt to try after all:

    Vision: A happier state of mind with the help of scent
    Mission: Explore and find new, fantastic fragrances
    Values: Be...
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    Re: Need Help IDing This Bottle and Fragrance

    Is there a batch code engraved anywhere on the bottle?
  39. Re: LVMH switches perfume production to hand sanitizer

    It's easy to be cynical, and I'm guilty of it all the time. One could argue that they're doing it for the positive PR, but at the moment, that is beside the point. What they're doing is going to...
  40. Re: LVMH switches perfume production to hand sanitizer

    Except that they're doing it free of charge for the French health authorities.
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    Re: Best affordable introduction to oud oils

    So what would you guys recommend as an entry point to 'decent' oud?
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    Re: Which houses will you be exploring next?

    I've have samples of Menditorrosa for all but two of their fragrances, and have accumulated quite a few of the Bruno Acampora oils. I'm slowly making my way through them. Menditorrosa is very high...
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    Re: Best affordable introduction to oud oils

    Welcome to Basenotes.

    Yes, the samples are rather challenging to wear, aren't they?

    I don't believe anything except for the most expensive niche contains real oud, since it is so expensive....
  44. Re: What are your mission, vision and values when it comes to fragrance?

    Best whip your SMART objectives for this exercise out, cameron :wink:
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    Re: Latest Thierry Mugler - Alien Man Mirage!

    It's weird. The women's version can be bought everywhere, and I'm yet to come across the men's. It doesn't even seem to be available online anywhere except on the Mugler website.
  46. Re: Recommendations for my step-mom, who has classic taste?

    Salome is amazing if she likes animalics. It's incredibly well done and smells like a high quality vintage fragrance without being dated.
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    Re: Mens Fragrance Candles

    So, you're judging a product without actually having tried it? That's a bit like judging a fragrance after only sniffing the stale remains on a bottle cap...
  48. Re: Hermes launches a lipstick line - perfumed by Christine Nagel

    Hasn't By Kilian also released a line of perfumed lipsticks?

    To answer my own question and curiousity... Well, sure enough:
    ...
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    New Niche Store - Shy Mimosa

    Based in Bristol, with tightly curated range of niche brands. They also have a web store and sell samples for everything they stock:

    https://www.shymimosa.co.uk/

    42B The Mall
    Clifton Bristol...
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    Re: Mens Fragrance Candles

    I'd have a look into Diptyque. I have had plenty of their candles and burn them every now and then when I work at home or feel like it in general. Patchouli, Santal, Cuir and New York are some of the...
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    Re: Millenials and Vintage

    I just went with the most popular definition (thank you Wikipedia!), but this just proves my point even further that the label cannot be reliably nailed down to a cohort.
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    Re: Millenials and Vintage

    I wouldn't give the label 'millennial' too much credence since the slice of that pie by definition is everyone born between 1981 – 1996, so anywhere between 24 and 39 years old. Someone born in the...
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    Re: a Lancome thread

    Lancome is a house that is very rarely spoken about. I never tried Balafre, but around 20 years ago I had O de Lancome in the frosted glass bottle and loved its tartness.
  54. Re: What letters do you not own any fragrance beginning with?

    What a fun thread idea! I'm missing Q R X Y Z. Any suggestions?

    In terms of numbers, I've only got 0, 1 and 4.
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    Re: Please help me find this perfume

    Have you ever tried Annick Goutale's Chevrefeuille?
  56. Re: For an inexperienced guy: Best cost/benefit choice of a clone

    Get a 10 - 20ml decant of the original, and then sample clones / fragrances that are similar at your own leisure. That way, you'll have enough of the original fragrance to find out whether you like...
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    Re: Lets Talk Watches

    I like the simple, classic look of the Daniel Wellington watches. They were popular here in the UK, but I think their popularity has waned and they can be bought for well below retail price now. You...
  58. Re: Need Help: Pointing Future Directions for my Collection

    I can see you have Shalimar EdP in your collection. If you like that, L'Eau de Shalimar and Shalimar EdT are very good and a tad fresher / masculine if that is a concern. Also, Etat Libre d'Orange's...
  59. Re: Need Help: Pointing Future Directions for my Collection

    What a nice collection. Have you tried Serge Lutens' Santal Majuscule and L'Eau Froide perhaps?
  60. Re: What are the 3 best Jo Malone scents for women?

    Pomegranate Noir is a best seller from the brand, but for feminine fragrances, I'd narrow it down to the following if you only want 3:

    - Dark Amber and Ginger Lily
    - Jasmine Sambac & Marigold
    -...
  61. Re: Latest Release by Maison Francis Kurkdjian - Amyris Homme Extrait De Parfum!

    I've tried it a few months ago. The performance is nuclear, it lasted three weeks on a paper strip before I tossed it out. It's rather sweet and creamy too, and might be a good alternative BR540 if...
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    Re: Spoiled Instore Testers??

    I'm yet to come across a bad tester, but then the department stores I visit have a very high footfall, so I presume most fragrances are depleted at a fairly swift pace.
  63. Re: What are some of the best fragrance advertisements/posters?

    The style of this reminds me a lot of what Serge Lutens did at Dior in the 70s (makeup and photography, not perfumery).
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    Re: Tyson Fury's favorite frag (no text spoiler)

    Not a fan of immortelle either, but a man likes what he likes, and kudos for choosing something a little bit different.

    Very interested to see whether there will be a Joshua vs. Fury showdown!
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    Re: Rank your Chanel

    In terms of the Exclusifs line, I've had the chance to try all of the available Parfum versions just over a year ago, and pardon if I might omitted a few. I also haven't re-tried everything after the...
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    Re: Looking for a new niche fresh fragrance.

    Simone Andreoli Malibu. My favourite lime and coconut fragrance, and incredibly tenacious.
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    Re: Picking a bond no 9 fragrance

    I agree that Chinatown is a very good fragrance, however, 50% the time I'm wearing it, I feel like a walking Lush store. Still somewhat glad to have it in my collection.

    Wall Street is straight up...
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    Re: Buying a Professional Attire Leather Belt

    The best price to quality ratio I found is from a Spanish brand called Miguel Bellido. Their belts are made in Spain, and most full leather belts are around 30 - 40 Euros. They are probably the best...
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    Re: Serge lutens performance issues?

    Personally, I have quite a few bottles from the brand, and the only one that is rather light is Iris Silver Mist (but I don't apply more than a couple of sprays). The rest are solid performers.
    ...
  70. Re: What are some of the best fragrance advertisements/posters?

    Great. Now I'm craving a Newcastle Brown... :beer:
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    Re: Is Byredo Bal D’Afrique a masterpiece?

    It's a very good scent, but just not on myself. I love it on my better half though.
  72. Re: What are some of the best fragrance advertisements/posters?

    Was just about to come here and post this. The add was banned by the Advertising Standards Agency in the UK. I thought the add was fantastic; yes, there was nudity, but I thought it was rather...
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    Re: The scent of Umami(“savory”), anyone?

    La Participe Passe by Lutens reminds me very strongly of Maggi Liquid Seasoning, which is very popular in continental Europe and used similarly to soy sauce to enhance existing flavours.
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    Re: Notes that you cannot tolerate

    I struggle with the following if they are overdosed:

    - Metallic notes (Wall Street and Platinum Egoiste are straight up scrubbers on me)
    - Aldehydes (most femme / Chanel Exclusif are out)
    -...
  75. Poll: Re: Would You Rather Buy a Better Car Than You Have Now....or....Have more Depth in Your Niche Frags

    I've got a car that will be old enough to vote in a few years time. Am I looking to upgrade? No. Has this anything to do with my fragrance purchases? Also no. Would I put off a purchase of a new car...
  76. Re: How much should you spend on my fragrance collection?

    You can spend as much as you want, or as little as you want. It all depends on your financial circumstances and preferences really. It's all a matter of weighing up needs / wants / luxuries in other...
  77. Re: Land mine detection - Identify the worst fragrances in otherwise great lineups

    L'Eau Froide is a great take on a fresh frankincense in my opinion. But I tend to agree - the rest of the line was underwhelming to say the least.
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    Re: Those Animals You Own

    *strokes bottle of MKK like Ernst Stavro Blofeld strokes his kitty*
  79. Re: Land mine detection - Identify the worst fragrances in otherwise great lineups

    Laine de Verre by Serge Lutens is a land mine scent. If that were the first of the line I would have tried, I wouldn't go anywhere near the brand again. Thankfully, it's not in the usual vein of the...
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    Re: Overrated fragrances FOR YOU.

    Or all of the above at the same time.

    ...

    I'll show myself out.

    https://media.giphy.com/media/WS5zGNsRth7tPKm5y5/giphy.gif
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    Re: 50th Bday Surprise

    Happy Birthday! I think your wife chose well, a very classic and rather classy fragrance :smiley:
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    Re: Overrated fragrances FOR YOU.

    Most Creed & Tom Ford. What doesn't help is that - at least here in the UK - both brands are seen as very aspirational by a very specific kind of audience (the sort of person that would class a...
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    Re: Marrakech La Mamounia signature scent

    They are selling room sprays and diffusers on their website:

    https://www.boutique-mamounia.com/en/product-category/lifestyle-and-well-being/fragonard-universe/

    Alternatively, why not drop them...
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    Re: Best ethereal incense?

    Nice to see that Passage d'Enfer is getting so much love here. Bois d'Encens is another one that fits the criteria, and in my opinion Cardinal.

    My favourite has to be Tanoke 07, even though it is...
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    Re: Latest Diptyque Release - Eau Capitale!

    I've tried this on skin today and it is exactly what I wanted Gucci Guilty Absolute for her to be like. It's like JhaG Lady Vengeance Light (lighter, smoother rose, less patch, no sour notes).
    ...
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    Re: *new thierry mugler : Alien man*

    Right, the men's version isn't available yet in my neck of the woods, but the women's is.

    Well... it's rather disappointing. Usually, the flankers do have a kinship with the original, but here, I...
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    Re: Moschino Toy Boy review

    I've got this on a card and the story is this: The opening reminds me of Prada Luna Rossa Black. It's a mixture of bergamot peel, well-done, slightly powdery notes and something sweet that resembles...
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    Re: Moschino Toy Boy review

    I just sniffed the cap on this one as I was wearing something else and there were no blotters, and I remember it smelling quite nice. I'll need to try this properly.
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    Re: What makes a perfume “sexy”?

    Agreed. Fragrance is the cherry to top off a combination of elements that makes a person sexy. Yet the most enticing cherry doesn't help if it rests on top of a turd.
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    Re: Which 3-4 fragrances should I remove?

    I'd remove the following ones:

    Guerlain Mon Guerlain
    Gucci Guilty Absolute Pour Femme
    Yves Saint Laurent Opium
    Yves Saint Laurent Cinema
  91. Re: Coromandel EDP - similar recommendations? Exploring orientals.

    I'd try the new Coromandel Parfum, which to my nose lacked the somewhat cloying 'white chocolate' aspect completely.

    If you want something in the vein of Coromandel, but more centred around...
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    Re: NEW Serge Lutens Des clous pour une pelure

    Google translate says that the meaning in English is 'nails for a peel'. Perhaps this will smell like a pomander?
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    Re: worst fragrance of all time???

    I agree, but don't find it cloying. It's like a soapier, more mature version of The One. Pretty decent.
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    Re: Real Oud & Rose Combo Fragrances

    Yes, this is one of the best rose oud fragrances I've tried so far, though it's not very funky. It's like an improved version of Black Aoud.
  95. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    Also: perhaps the public doesn't realise it's an all new fragrance.
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    Re: Today I Didn't Buy

    I ended up ditching eBay unless I have something very specific in mind. I used to have a list of saved searches longer than my arm which I checked twice a day. All it did for me was fuel my FOMO,...
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    Re: worst fragrance of all time???

    Yep, that's at the top of my list too. The only thing I couldn't wait to scrub off besides Platinum Egoiste. I can't stand the metallic notes in both.
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    Re: Vetiver fragrances inventory: under-the-radar

    Jo Malone Vetiver & Golden Vanilla is a recent release that's very nice. It's the round, woody, slightly herbal kind of vetiver. It reminds me slightly of Vetiver Insolent, which is more spicy and a...
  99. Re: A new Dior Homme fragrance is on its way, apparently

    I just tried the scent on a card, and it's fine, well put together, if nothing special. What boggles my mind though is that they didn't name it something different. It seems that they haven't learned...
  100. Re: D&G The One EdP Intense cologne (new fragrance)

    I tried it and it's alright. The opening is very fruity and veers towards the sweeter end. There aren't many similarities with the original The One, but there is that round, cosy feel in the heart...
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