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    Re: Messe de Minuit and the death of niche

    Donna- I "kind of " get those notes in the old formula. But would you have ever said those were it's loudest voice? The old formula SCREAMS old musty books to the point of drowning out the spices on...
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    Re: Messe de Minuit and the death of niche

    The newer iteration has a strong character pf vanilla/cinnamon possibly even amber- sweet and spicy, none of which I'd have attributed to the former incarnation at all. In some respects I actually...
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    Re: Messe de Minuit and the death of niche

    I can't be 100% sure on that but my inclination is to believe the reformulation coincided with the bottle change- only Etro would know. At least to my knowledge they do. Which puts it in some frame...
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    Messe de Minuit and the death of niche

    It has been ages since I last posted here, but in receiving a bottle of the reformulated MdM I HAD to post a bit of a rant about this.

    I have never been a brand whore, or even a niche snob, and...
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    Re: Yatagan reformulated?

    I might have to put this one to a test and see if a "fresh old bottle" has more longevity than the "fresh new bottle."

    I have a newer bottle of Third Man, and no longevity problems there. That is...
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    Yatagan reformulated?

    I am down to the dregs of a bottle of Yatagan I purchased several years ago- the bottle with the reddish brown lable. I just bought a new one before my old stock runs dry- the one with a white and...
  7. Re: "Secretions magnifiques" I can't belive............

    Wow mang sorry to throw you on defense. I think the point of my post was lost ENTIRELY. I wasn't trying to say you sniff ass, nor trying to even say that your avatar was "Brian sniffing ass" but it...
  8. Re: "Secretions magnifiques" I can't belive............

    Fredrick, I couldn't help but laugh at your avatar image in the context of this thread...Brian sniffing ass in the park.

    If this kind of scent floats your boat, by all means...have at it.

    I...
  9. Re: Imagine one second, you own a fragance...What s your name?

    Awesome thread!!! I like this! :)


    Mine is easy, because I almost had it custom blended:

    Lycanthracite
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    Re: Is Terre D'Hermes really that good?

    I haven't purchased Terre yet, but I have sampled it twice.

    The first time, I tried it on a tester card at Sephora, and was like, NO. NO. Absolutely not.

    After so many raves, I decided that...
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    Re: Quorum Silver

    Absolutely nothing like the original in my opinion- far closer to Arpege Pour Homme and Casran than the older, heavier, darker father.


    Silver, I am am your father. Come to the dark side!
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    Re: 10 Disasterpieces - Your list

    There are only about 4 fragrances I have smelled in which I really cannot find any redeeming quality.

    These are:

    1. Pheromone for Men by Marilyn Miglin If you take the smell of canned Aqua Net...
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    Re: black phoenix alchemy lab? why no reviews?

    My g/f has quite collection of the samples, or "imps" as they are called.

    My thoughts?

    She has bought full bottles of the fragrances she liked, and more often than not they have smelled...
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    Re: Desperately seeking jeans help

    Thanks for the suggestions gents.

    I am actually wearing 527s right now- they seem to be widely available in my parts. But when the 527 fits in the waist, they still seem baggier in the butt and...
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    Desperately seeking jeans help

    I used to have an old pair of Levis that I got as hand-me-downs from an older cousin. I have no idea what style they were (not that it matters since Levis discontinues just about everything except...
  16. Re: What? No, "What frags did you get for Christmas", thread yet?

    I don't see it listed there- do they even sell it? I thought it was an A&F store exclusive.


    -D
  17. Anything out there similar to World Market's Indonesian Teak?

    For those that have World Market stores in your locale (they are everywhere) has anyone smelled the Indonesian Teak potpourri/candles/et al?

    Its an amazing scent and am wondering if there is...
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    Re: SOTD Thursday, November 23rd (Turkey Day!)

    I think I'm going to go with Sud Est- the sage-iest fragrance I can think of.
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    Re: Your most drastic note changing scent?

    My vote would be Santos, or at least the old Santos Concentree I have.

    That one changes so much I'd almost dare say it doesn't change notes- it changes classification.

    At first spray, is smells...
  20. Re: Why is the same oil a base, heart, and head note?

    There's a fair share of fragrances that DO market fantasy notes. A prime example is the new KISS Him.

    "honeyed amber crystals"

    And KISS Her features:

    "racy bull accord" WTF?

    This is from...
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    Re: What's up with Encre Noire?

    Gawddammit.

    Twas so looking forward to it. :(
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    Re: What Frag(s) Literally Make You Sick?

    CSP Aqua Motu is an instantaneous headache for me. Instant.

    The only scent that has made me ill is Cardin Enigme, which is a psychological response from something else it smells like, so I dunno...
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    Re: Sotd 31st October 06 - Halloween!

    None of the above- Bay Rum and nothing else my friend! :)


    For me today, its Iquitos.
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    Poll: Re: Name for Masculine Fragrance Line

    Homme Grown
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    Re: M by Marilyn Miglin

    Haven't smelled M, but Pheromone is truely one of about 3 scents I absolutely HATE. Comes across as extremely acrid to me- the best comparison I can give is Aqua Net canned hair spray.
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    Re: Help: Spraying mechanism broke

    I don't have Keiko Mercheri, and its been a while since I had a bottle of Kors, but if you can remove the spray nozzle bit on these, and soak it in hot water for a bit, and blow air through it, it...
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    Re: Guerlain - Have they begun the process of removing oakmoss, coumarin & birch tar

    All of this is very interesting to me, as I have been actively collecting fragrances for about 10 years and just in the past year have seen these ingredients like Limonene, Coumarin, Eugenol, and...
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    Re: Polo Crest vs Polo (Green)

    I really think its the jasmine in Polo Crest that fully differentiates it from Green. Its such a sweeter fragrance because of it. I think many of the herbals in Green are removed from Crest as well....
  29. Re: Our beloved Havana has a dirty little secret....

    Weird- look at that box image really close.

    Does it say "Light" at the bottom? No light version exists in the directory. Also, didn't the Parfum d'Homme come in a brown bottle, not grey?

    ...
  30. Re: KISS Him ain't that BAD!!! Is it possible?

    Ulta, of all places. I have several Ultas in my vicinity, but only one of them had it, so YMMV.
  31. KISS Him ain't that BAD!!! Is it possible?

    I sampled this today- sprayed on a tester card blazoned with an embossing of the KISS logo.

    Although I am a huge fan of rock an metal KISS never really did it for me, so I had no predisposed...
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    Re: New: Encre Noire by Lalique.

    Yeah, this very sombre and Old World image is what I want this fragrance to envoke, and I'm sure I'll sadly disappointed. :)
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    Re: New: Encre Noire by Lalique.

    This one has me on the edge of my seat. Oh please, for the love of god please live up to the cool name and bottle. As an artist and calligrapher expectation on this just makes me turgid.
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    Re: The (Almost) Identical Fragrances Thread

    Dunhill Desire ~ Ferrari Black ~ Boss Bottled
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    Re: Basenotes Classics & Crazes

    I think Guerlain's Vetiver has had the most attention paid to it in the history of Basenotes- go to the old archived yahoo groups and see what I mean.
  36. Re: Designer or Niche: A Reevaluation (very long post)

    I agree with MMM on many points.

    Personally, I only own 4 or 5 "niche" fragrances out of 80 or so. I don't so much consider fragrances niche because of the ingredients or price as much as the...
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    Re: Negative eBay Feedback Threads

    I am aware of legal ramifications of libelous posts. I have seen the same scenario on other boards of entirely different topic, and people are always frustrated when good retailers/auctioneers are...
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    What is this ebay seller trying to pull?

    Has anyone bought from kathys4322/thefragrancedepotstore before?

    ...
  39. Thread: Boston, MA

    by Dayknight
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    Re: Boston, MA

    I'm going to be in visiting Boston, the Cape, and North to Portland in mid-late October.

    I'm having a hard time finding Trumpers and Taylors of Bond Street shaving soaps/fragrances as well as...
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    Re: best shave cream

    I have to give props to Proraso as well.

    A few years ago I started developing razor bumps on my neck so bad, and compounding with the fact that I am prone to eczema on my face, that I stopped...
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    Re: A Ditty For The Gents....and Ladies

    Conan, what is best in life?


    "To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the asphyxiated lamentations of their women."
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    Re: Oy yes! check it out!

    I think you left out a T, Genuine.
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    Re: Ulta Frag Testing

    Ulta is the same- different stores within the same city will carry different products. One will stock Aramis 900 and I'll never see it at the other store. One will stock Safari and another will not....
  44. Thread: New West

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    Re: New West

    The closest thing I can think of to compare New West with is a more obscure and discontinued offering- Sud Est.

    Both are very herbal, but I prefer New West as it is a bit sweeter and more...
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    Re: Van Cleef & Arpels pour Homme

    How do you feel about Antaeus, Serpent? Easily my favorite of the leather chypres. Though VC&A is great, the heavy floral character smells SO formal to me. I can get by with Antaeus in more...
  46. What are glycols and additional chemicals added for?

    I picked up Baldessarini a couple of days ago at Marshalls and almost bought it because it was so cheap.

    But standing in line, I turned it over and saw the list of propylene glycol, dipropylene...
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    Re: CK Euphoria Men

    What the hell is this? The women's forum?


    Sorry Col, couldn't resist.
  48. Re: what should I wear to the "best male exotic dancer" contest?

    I think he knows. :)
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    Re: I just bought my worst blind ever...

    Holy crap I think I understand it... and when it came to me, the feelings of nausea were completely explained and founded.

    Enigme reminds me of something I have not smelled in years, but is...
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    Anyone try Axe's EDT?

    http://www.pepperami.co.uk/


    Screw the pheremonal/psychosexual BS- how does it smell? Anybody tried it?
  51. Thread: fahrenheit

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    Re: fahrenheit

    For years I hated Fahrenheit with a rare passion.

    A couple of weeks ago I tested again after years of non exposure, and I think my feelings have changed. The front of it is still jarring, and...
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    Re: I just bought my worst blind ever...

    For fear that is was the sushi i ate yesterday for lunch that was illing me, I just had to try Enigme again this morning.

    Its a trainwreck of fragrance- I can't stop smelling it. I tried it on my...
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    Re: I just bought my worst blind ever...

    I love cologne.


    and Boobies. lol


    I hope you get that Knightowl...its just for you. ;)
  54. Re: Ya ever think that were gettin ripped off?

    It was actually I that started that thread earlier this week, because I too think the juice looks kinda skimpy.

    I'd think someone surely has decanted it by now. Seems that would be the sure fire...
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    Re: I just bought my worst blind ever...

    Consequently, though, it IS funny how L'anarchiste (which I actually like BTW) was brought up. There's almost that same metallic undercurrent going on behind the scenes in Enigme.

    I probably...
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    Re: I just bought my worst blind ever...

    It smells like BO, vomit, cat piss, urine, and poop combined.

    Actually none of the phucking above.


    It smells sickly. This is the first time out of hundreds of fragrances I have smelled to...
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    Re: Naed_Nitram/de_Charlus

    Confucious say:

    Sometimes thinking backward yield answer your question.
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    I just bought my worst blind ever...

    Since I could find almost no info on Pierre Cardin's Enigme, I had to go for it.

    I got it cheap so no real loss, and fortunately paired the buy with M7, which I really like and have been meaning...
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    Re: Bring it Back! (male version)

    Polo Crest, hands down
  60. Am I the only one suspect of Gucci Homme's volume?

    I was comparing my 50ml to other similarly shaped bottles that I have in 50ml and damn if the juice doesn't look skimpy. The closest thing I pulled out in dimensions from my collection was Romance...
  61. Re: Comments on these three? Enigme, Carlos Corinto, Kanon

    Found some previous posts on Corinto and Kanon, but nothing on the apparently elusive and enigimatic "Enigme."


    Anyone smelled this one?
  62. Thread: Notes Poll

    by Dayknight
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    Poll: Re: Notes Poll

    There are a few reviews i have read in the directory at lead me to the same question- "black hemlock" was referred to, and I was like...what? You are so busted!

    There are many notes that I have...
  63. Re: People, PLEASE be careful with your comparisons!

    I think there really should just be a disclaimer on all posts in answer to a "smells like/comparison" question.

    I ask these questions all the time about more obscure scents. Comparisons are great,...
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    Re: Bulgari Black comparisons?

    I think the best description I can give of Bulgari Black is a piece of corrugated cardboard dipped in vanilla, with a drop of cinnamon.

    Very much has a kind of wet cardboard feel to it.
  65. Thread: Geir ness

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    Re: Geir ness

    I just got a mini of Geir last week, and I have to agree most with Dawkins.


    Geir is harsh (in a heady way) in top notes and if blasted really can do a number on your sinuses. I have heard...
  66. Re: I couldn't wait any longer....I WOKE UP the babys!

    Six, you are man after my own heart! UFC and fall fragrances! :)

    Consequently, I am heading to New England for some R&R mid october arriving in Boston and heading North to Maine- I might hit you...
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    Re: Are Frags Ever Really Discontinued

    Polo Crest, where art thou? :(
  68. Comments on these three? Enigme, Carlos Corinto, Kanon

    In my retro mood I have been looking at moldy oldies again. I am thinking of buying one or more of the following blind:

    Enigme by Pierre Cardin, Carlos Corinto original, and Kanon.


    I am...
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    Re: The New Face of The Gentleman

    Actually, this thread morphs into a topic that I thought I might post a couple of days ago.

    Essentially, "What men's fragrances will still be in production 50 years from now."

    The idea being...
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    Re: The Fragrance Every Man Must Try

    Mine are what I would consider some of the more pivotal/defining/love/hates


    Caswell-Massey #6

    Aramis

    Polo Green

    Voleur de Roses
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    Re: The New Face of The Gentleman

    I disagree.

    Older generations of masculine perfumes- pre 70's- weren't explicitly leathery and smokey. Eau Savage is only one example. Canoe and The Baron are additonal male classics that are...
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    Re: Let's get Medieval

    Holy crap, jaelynn. Reading the notes on this one it sounds very interesting- a weird amalgam of all my requirements. Green, Nordic, Ancient. I may have to seek out a sample or decant of this very...
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    Re: REVIEW: Yves Saint Laurent L'Homme

    I really wonder what blind scent tests would tell us about the current market- you know the "do designers tell us what we should like or do we tell them what we want" thing.

    "New" is always better...
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    Re: Fendi Uomo rediscovered

    Sorry you didn't care for this one yuri- I expect you didn't pay too much for it- I've seen it for about $15 for 100ml here in Texas.

    I find it similar to Bel Ami- which I would easily consider...
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    Re: SotD Friday 11 August

    New West


    Funny, i almost reached for Iquitos, dcampen. :)
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    How to dilute a too-potent fragrance???

    Aromatics Elixir.

    My GOD if this stuff came in a parfum concentration, it would be a biological weapon.

    I purchased AE instead of Aramis 900, and I am almost regretting it, because this stuff...
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    Re: House of Aramis

    Aramis has some great older scents- I am one of the outcasts that really enjoys the original Aramis, as well as 900, Tuscany, and New West. The lattermost is getting a lot of use from me of recent.
    ...
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    Oldest men's fragrance still in production

    I went through the directory to see what some of the oldest fragrances are.

    The oldest I could find still in production is Jean Marie Farina by Roger and Gallet which is described as unisex....
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    Re: Guys: Perfume Advice for 15-year-old Girl

    Given your age, I probably wouldn't suggest anything that is heavily floral.

    I would probably go for something fruity and vanillic.

    My g/f is a few years older, but I like Poeme by Lancome,...
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    Re: Dogs and Cologne

    My only point is really...there's no need. While I could definitely be wrong, I really doubt that a dog is going to get a discernable degree of pleasure from scent application. xirdneh69, not trying...
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    Re: I need a fragrance makeover

    Thanks folks!

    Some of these I have sampled and didn't care for initially- maybe I'll revisit. Others I haven't tried at all. I just discovered a Sephora not far, maybe its time for a sampling...
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    I need a fragrance makeover

    My gravitation in fragrances is towards the rather brash scents of the 80's- spicy, heavy, bold and ballsy fragrances like Polo, Antaeus, Sung Homme, and New West.

    I need a makeover. Its not that...
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    Re: Major Cologne Storage Warning

    No experience with Mugler Cologne- I haven't sampled it, much less owned it.

    When I first started my collection I stored in the fridge. Some frags stayed in there for months. When my stash grew to...
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    Re: Dogs and Cologne

    I agree. They have no choice in the matter, and we're talking about an animal with with olfactory senses far, far, more sensitive than a human's.


    Just don't. Sometimes I even feel bad when my...
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    The "Fragrances in Movie Quotes" Thread

    There's another thread about seeing frags in film. This one is about dialogue.

    I was reading the Drakkar Noir thread and was reminded of a quote from the movie 10 things I hate about you:

    ...
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    Re: shiseido basala

    It was launched as Basara and chnaged to Basala. I remember on the yahoo boards years ago someone saying this had something to do with the name Basara being too close to Samsara, the women's...
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    Diptyque's L'eau

    This is a carry-over from my Medieval thread.

    I'm a fan of both clove and geranium. From reading a few of the directory reviews L'eau sounds like it has a hell of kick to it- aromatic and pungent....
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    Re: Let's get Medieval

    It would probably smell like a monkey. A monkey that's past its prime!

    lol


    Very very true though about medievalism being a rather nebulous concept- independent of the geography.
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    Re: I'm falling in love with Drakkar Noir!

    Welcome to the 80's beeotch!!! ;)

    I still dig Drakkar N, for all of its bad reputation. I mean what is more manly than a fragrance named Black Dragon? I think overuse- both in volume and in...
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    Re: Let's get Medieval

    Its hard to think "Medieval" and "Ancient" without thinking gothic, and gothic is old Catholic churches. As such it seems religion is a huge inspiration for gothic scents.

    I am not Catholic now,...
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    Re: Let's get Medieval

    These are great suggestions that give me lots to experiement with. I have tried Gucci (I assume you mean Gucci Homme) and all I smell is pencil shavings- cedar just owns my entire nose if it is in...
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    Re: Let's get Medieval

    I have these two. I need to add them to my wardrobe- you are spot on. I like them both. I am holding JdJ for Texas' 4 days of winter though. ;)
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    Re: Let's get Medieval

    Lol, I commented on this some time ago.

    I was searching through the old Basenotes yahoo threads a few days ago, and I think I actually started posting on the group in October 01.

    But as old...
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    Re: Let's get Medieval

    That is very interesting Elf, I have sampled Avignon, but I have no experience with Zagorsk. I might have to look into that one.

    Its kind of a tall order I have, since generally speaking my choice...
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    Let's get Medieval

    I have seen threads on "Medieval" and "Ancient" scents before, and generally speaking, C&S #88 and MdM are the primary topics of discussion.

    I have both, and they are good- I find little-to-no...
  96. What concentration is New West Skinscent?

    I have known about this fragrance for years, and even back in Basenote's early yahoo days it was a oft discussed fragrance. Despite this, I had never tried this late 80's fragrance until a couple of...
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    Re: Jasmine scents for men?

    Personally I love the Jasmine in Polo Crest.

    I wouldn't recommend that one though if you hate the original Polo, but the sweet floral addition of jasmine sweetens up Crest a lot, making it more...
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    Re: Don't hate on me for my Iquitos opinion

    With the Fendi Uomo from earlier in the day washed off and my palette duely cleansed, I applied a bit more Iquitos this evening.

    I still get a lot of 1-12 and maybe a bit of CdG Avignon here and...
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    Re: Don't hate on me for my Iquitos opinion

    Actually I don't dislike it. Its rather pleasant and not nearly as feminine as I expected.

    I guess I had a rather high expectation of it- something outlandish- and its essentially 1-12 to my nose....
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    Re: Legit Compliments

    I never get compliments. Ever. I try to be light handed. Maybe I am too light handed and no one smells me.

    I work with guys. I work in a male driven industry so every job pretty much is a repeat...
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