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  1. Re: One vintage that you can't (or would not want to) live without

    Do you prefer regular blue label or extra-civety red label? I switched to the latter after my first.
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    Re: Best budget (under ~$50) leather?

    Just with leathers really. In this day and age you can't really get a good cheap leather. Still many nice options in other genres at the cheaper end though.
  3. Re: I'm stuck in men's fragrance purgatory

    Azzaro Wanted for something affordable

    Amouage Epic Man or Bracken Man for something a bit more upscale.
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    Re: Best budget (under ~$50) leather?

    Cheap and good only go together in the same sentence with leather accords if we're talking vintage, because better materials were available at lower costs then. Stuff like vintage English Leather,...
  5. Re: One vintage that you can't (or would not want to) live without

    That's a really cool story. I sadly discovered GG only recently, but stumbled onto a bottle of Giorgio Beverly Hills for Men several years before, so it was my first serious patchouli experience.
    ...
  6. Re: Fougère Starter Pack of 8. Your picks?

    I'd like to get my nose in 1725 at some point.
  7. Re: One vintage that you can't (or would not want to) live without

    I think the reason why it's my favorite, is it was my very first exposure to a "dirty" fragrance.

    Imagine being 20-something me, with a collection of 2000's aquatics like Nautica Blue and 90's...
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    Re: Layering with Jovan musks

    Jovan White Musk is actually a nice fragrance all by itself. I reviewed it a while back. I imagine it would pair well with neroli.
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    Creed Green Irish Tweed (1985)

    This stuff has been exalted and debated to death long before Aventus came and took its crown as the de rigueur scent of the stereotypical self-absorbed...
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    Re: Best budget (under ~$50) leather?

    Avon Leather (1966)
    Aftershave, Cologne, or All-Purpose Lotion. All 3 are very butch leathers and very high-quality way under $50, and also very vintage! Look for a boot-shaped bottle if you want...
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 18th July, 2019

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    Creed Green Irish Tweed (1985)

    I'm a Gween Iwish Dweeb
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 18th July, 2019

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    Creed Green Irish Tweed (1985)
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    This is actually great for after a shave too!
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Fancy pedigrees are often fake pedigrees unless you're dealing with Guerlain or Houbigant, which has the history to prove it. Or you can do what Clive Christian does and buy an old brand (The Crown...
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    Re: Mitsouko Centenary

    Nope, but up thread is a supposed anniversary bottle for 10k.
  16. Re: One vintage that you can't (or would not want to) live without

    Pretty much. I have worn the hell out of my currenf bottle before I began tracking wears or else it might have more than some others. Avon Black Suede is still tops but outside Avon this is my fave....
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    One my favorites! Creed Royal Water (1997) almost directly copies this and sells for so much more!
  18. Re: If Recommending One Fragrance For A Beginner To Start With (Given Our Experience And Knowledge)?

    I contemplated both of these but ultimately chose Platinum Égoïste because it veers slightly upscale in style while still being generalist and likeable.
  19. Re: What's your wardrobe's number-of-perfumes to number-of-houses ratio?

    Math is scary.
  20. Re: One vintage that you can't (or would not want to) live without

    Moustache by Rochas (1949)
  21. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    I didn't want to like this one but I do and now I want a bottle. XD
  22. Re: Armani Eau Pour Homme , 89% Volume Vintage ......

    Best of luck! I await your eau so interesting findings!
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    Re: Vintage Gengis Khan sample pass

    I'd be curious to try this if I'm welcome.
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    Re: Best male Oriental

    Straight-up I'd say good ol' Shulton Old Spice (1937) keeps this one, but if doing a hybrid, Avon Black Suede (1980) is my favorite oriental leather chypre, and Creed Bois du Portugal (1987) is a...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

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    Gianfranco Ferré for Man (1986)

    This is the kind of thing vintage guys live for: Sour lemon, herbs, sandalwood, tons of oakmoss, and a proper no-nonsense masculine chypre vibe devoid of...
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    Re: Creed - Original Santal - Options?

    I think this rides too close to Joop! Homme myself. Joop is more powerhouse-y and complex, but also sweeter.
  27. Re: If Recommending One Fragrance For A Beginner To Start With (Given Our Experience And Knowledge)?

    Amen



    Problem is people who know they can get cheaper elsewhere may still buy there if the service staff is hospitable. It's why I pay full retail sometimes at Nordstrom's flagship. I know all...
  28. Re: Which fragrance to wear with this outfit?

    Versace the Dreamer seems best for church.
  29. Re: If Recommending One Fragrance For A Beginner To Start With (Given Our Experience And Knowledge)?

    Some places like Neiman's will chase you out if you test more than a few minutes without "buying signals" so you have to feel out how open the store is to that. Nordstrom doesn't care and neither...
  30. Re: *NEW* Pure XS Night Paco Rabanne (2019)

    I've only tried the original XS Pour Homme so far.
  31. Re: Fougère Starter Pack of 8. Your picks?

    Yeah true, but with the exception of Fougère Royale, most of these have enough surviving vintage stock to suffice the curious for at least a few more years. ;)
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 17th July, 2019

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    Gianfranco Ferré for Man (1986)

    She was a day chypre... taking the easy way out.
    It took me so long to find out... but I found out.
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 17th July, 2019

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    Gianfranco Ferré for Man (1986)

    Like a chypre off the old block...
  34. Re: Fougère Starter Pack of 8. Your picks?

    Great stuff guys. Now I'll weigh in:

    My Fougère Starter Pack of 8

    Fougère Royale (1882): This is the original standard giving birth to the genre. All others would not exist without it. Most of...
  35. Re: Fougère Starter Pack of 8. Your picks?

    You stated Fougere Royal twice! :p Great answers everyone, and thanks for the explanations from Cacio, Diamondflame and BangkokHound! I'll do my list later one when I have more time in front of the...
  36. Re: Smelled mont blanc explorer at Dillards

    To be honest, most Creeds outside of Green Irish Tweed, Bois du Portugal, Himalaya, Royal Oud, or the older vaulted ones like Acier Aluminem seem to strike me as rather unisex, this includes the...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

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    Gianfranco Ferré for Man (1986)
  38. Re: Smelled mont blanc explorer at Dillards

    It's not pointless! I own Aventus too! Sometimes you want a steak, but sometimes you want a Big Mac. Make sense?
  39. Re: Smelled mont blanc explorer at Dillards

    It's "Aventus Sport" to me, with the pineapple and birch replaced with sage and vetiver, respectively.
    It's also a good way to save your Aventus for special occasions lol

    The old Chrysler 300's...
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    Re: Farewell to Rive Gauche?

    Rive Gosh (darnit)
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    A camel shall come knock knock knocking at my chamber door.
    Quoth the Zealot
    "Smellyoumore"

    (Thanks <3 )
  42. Re: Your Favorite Mall Store Fragrance/Favorite Mall Store for Fragrance

    C&O still sells everything online though.
  43. Re: Your Favorite Mall Store Fragrance/Favorite Mall Store for Fragrance

    Sadly, the C&O Bigelow lines were taken out of the stores up here. Only online.
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

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    Eau de Paco Rabanne Pour Homme (2002)

    This one doesn't get any talk, and I understand it's because the stuff messes with a revered classic which is an instant no-no from the...
  45. Fougère Starter Pack of 8. Your picks?

    If you were to give someone interested in masculine fragrance a starter pack designed specifically to introduce them to the fougère genre, and could only give them a "discovery set" of eight entries,...
  46. Thread: Death

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    Re: Death

    I forget some of their fragrances don't last long in their catalogs, not very different from Avon practices.
  47. Re: Your Favorite Mall Store Fragrance/Favorite Mall Store for Fragrance

    L'Occitane, Lush, and Molton Brown make some good stuff, but the latter has no boutique presence here, so it technically doesn't count in my area.

    Abercrombie & Fitch are nice if basic, and I...
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    Re: Newbie - beginning a collection

    Honestly I'd check out Creed Green Irish Tweed before Aventus, since it's better for Floridian weather. I'd also consider Silver Mountain Water, Royal Water, and Millésime Impérial for more hot...
  49. Re: CHANEL Pour Monsieur Eau De Toilette Spray

    This one is gone. You'll have to rely on gray market or overseas sellers that export.
  50. Thread: Death

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    Re: Death

    I've never seen that one. Is it old or part of their online-only selections?
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 16th July, 2019

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    Eau de Paco Rabanne Pour Homme (2002)
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 16th July, 2019

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    Eau de Paco Rabanne Pour Homme (2002)
  53. Re: If Recommending One Fragrance For A Beginner To Start With (Given Our Experience And Knowledge)?

    Just make sure not to take my word for anything (or anyone's word) if you're truly curious about something. I've uncovered things nobody else likes but me, and I wouldn't have if I had listened to...
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    Re: Tom Ford Metallique

    That note description lays it on a bit thick with melodrama, but I'd still try it.
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    Re: Malin + Goetz Cannabis EDP??

    I thought it was interesting but need to smell it again myself. Seems to be a line that doesn't really interest men's circles within the hobby.
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 15th July, 2019

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    Avon Prospect (2003)
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 15th July, 2019

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    Avon Prospect (2003)
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    Re: Farewell to Rive Gauche

    It's part of what Chanel reps at Nordstrom call their "legacy collection" and is only stocked at flagship stores like Macy's NYC and Nordstrom Seattle, or stand-alone Chanel boutiques in a similar...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    Welcome to my domain. The aftershave has a brighter opening than the cologne, but doesn't get as spicy in the drydown nor lasts as long.
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    WOOO BOY 14 SPRAYS!!

    I'll never know what it's like to enjoy a fragrance at that volume because my nose goes into red alert at about 6 sprays of most things I own (this being weaker EdC and EdT...
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    Re: Smelled on the Street

    Got smacked with Montale Black Aoud this weekend when in downtown Bellevue. So did everyone else on that side of the street.
  62. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    I recently reviewed the fragrance so you can get more detailed thoughts there, but the quick version is it has an opening flash of eucalyptus but then moves into an accord very similar to Burberry...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

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    Skin Bracer by Mennen (1931)

    This stuff rarely gets spoken of, and I can understand why: It's in every grocery and drug store in the US and is nearly of the same ubiquity and ignominy as...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 15th July, 2019

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    Mennen Skin Bracer (1931)
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 15th July, 2019

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    Mennen Skin Bracer (1931)
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

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    Mennen Skin Bracer (1931)

    1970's lightbulb bottle.
  67. Re: Bleu de Chanel Reformulation Question

    Have you tried the newest parfum iteration? I find it quite different from the EdT and EdP
  68. Re: With the recent L’Oréal buyout of Mugler Azzaro Etc. Are You Worried?

    I think Jazz would be more your style since you like RG already. PH is a lemony chypre.
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    Re: Vintage Paco Rabanne XS

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    Old bottles look like this and new bottles are shorter with gray juice



    There are two major bottlings of the original format Paco Rabanne XS Pour Homme. Opinions vary on performance...
  70. Re: Prada Luna Rosa Carbon or Prada L'homme? (projection mostly)

    That's actually against Basenotes Code of Conduct.
  71. Re: La Nuit De L'Homme 2019 batch worth it?

    I found it pleasant. A bit overhyped perhaps, but solid.
  72. Re: Should I get Prada Luna Rosa Carbon or Prada L'homme? (Concerned with projection and longetivity

    Carbon is a sharp lavender and ambrox/norlimbanol bomb so it will project pretty well. Prada L'Homme I have not yet tried.
  73. Re: With the recent L’Oréal buyout of Mugler Azzaro Etc. Are You Worried?

    Rive Gauche is already going away, YSL PH is drying up, so only Jazz, and M7 are readily available, which tells me the La Collection not being produced and YSL is just selling stock. They were...
  74. Re: With the recent L’Oréal buyout of Mugler Azzaro Etc. Are You Worried?

    It's not so much about price. I've bought bottles of perfume that cost over the price Ultra Zest is going for ($200) so I think we'd all be hypocrites to play the pricing game, I'm just more zeroing...
  75. Re: If Recommending One Fragrance For A Beginner To Start With (Given Our Experience And Knowledge)?

    Thank you! I am nothing if not thorough!
  76. Re: If Recommending One Fragrance For A Beginner To Start With (Given Our Experience And Knowledge)?

    Chanel Platinum Égoïste (1993)

    It sits at a crossroads of sorts.
    It's old enough to be considered vintage, popular enough to still be respected by contemporary "FragBros", classy enough to...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

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    Jacomo Aura Men (2000)

    Green resinous tobacco and fern elements, like a mix of VC&A Tsar (1989) and D&G Pour Homme (1994). A cousin to Gucci Envy too (1998).
  78. Re: Which fragrance gladly come back to and rediscovering many years after the first testing?

    Actually Avon. I sold them all and was in designerland from 2007-2017
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 14th July, 2019

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    Jacomo Aura Man (2000)
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 14th July, 2019

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    Jacomo Aura Men (2000)
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    Re: Hugo Boss?

    You can test a lot of these between Macy's, Ulta, Nordstrom, and JC Penny
  82. Re: Article: Barneys explores bankruptcy filing

    Nordstrom rents out unused tracts of floorspace for pop-up retailers, becoming almost a mini-mall on the upper floors. They also have a robust rewards program and online presence. They're pretty much...
  83. Re: How do you break a mental "Tie" between scents to pick a SOTD???

    I ask the BF when possible. Shaved off 15 minutes from my deliberation time
  84. Re: With the recent L’Oréal buyout of Mugler Azzaro Etc. Are You Worried?

    If you're hunting it down just to flip it at a crazy price (since you mention already having 3 with 2 to sell), then with all due respect, it's self-fufilling prophecy and you're part of that problem...
  85. Re: THIS Saturday July 14th. is CARON YATAGAN DAY!

    I don't own this one yet but soon.
  86. Re: Coriolan - Guerlain biggest bargain

    Now that you've said something about the price it won't be cheap anymore. :p

    eBay sellers do watch Basenotes and Fragrantica forums you know. Never mention how cheap and underrated a DC'd frag...
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

    I love how irreverent of social status, pretense, and trend this house is. They have a sense of humor I wish more people in this hobby had. lol
  88. Re: Article: Barneys explores bankruptcy filing

    Yeah, Barney's is like $150 for that one, and $175 for the EdP. If they started selling stuff at 50% to liquidate, I might jump on it from them, because then we're talking $75 a bottle, but otherwise...
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    Re: What's worth noting at the moment?

    A couple of things.

    Primarily it seems the market is getting stratified beyond the old drugstore/designer/niche tiers that held in place for decades, and now we have a half-dozen, from...
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    Penhaligon's Castile (1998)

    Just an extremely lovely neroli scent. One of the best and quite beautiful + long lasting. Nothing else to really add.
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    Re: Your guilty pleasure fragrance

    If you think the Versace Jeans had a gaudy bottle, you should see what Moschino has released thus far. ;)

    Most "unicorns" plateau and slightly slide back down the price ladder once the initial...
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    Re: Most enigmatic fragrance

    I had samples from a generous Basenoter of both the original and re-issue juice. I didn't find them much different except maybe the original was a bit longer-lasting than the new one, and obviously a...
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 14th July, 2019

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    Penhaligon's Castile (1998)
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 14th July, 2019

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    Penhaligon's Castile (1998)
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    Re: Your vintage SOTD

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    Penhaligon's Castile (1998)

    Tribute to Mr. L'Homme Blanc Individuel
  96. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Creed Royal Mayfair (2015)

    Was on the fence about it for the first 30 minutes or so, then ended up loving it. On my to-get list now.
  97. Re: Why is your favorite genre your favorite?

    I love florals, animalic bases, aromatics citruses, and creative abstract synthetics. Barbershops are great when I shave, and the "man's man" heavy moss bombs are a fun way to scare people around me...
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    Re: Powerful Cologne Type Frag

    Penhaligon's Castile or Bond No 9 Eau de New York, both if bought from a discounter.
  99. Re: EAU DU TSAR: Any similarities to original TSAR?

    Never tried. Considering the unicorn ascension of the original, I'd suggest trying this one soon before it's too big a financial risk to take as well.
  100. Re: Article: Barneys explores bankruptcy filing

    If the one near me closes it's doors, I'm going to raid their Diptyque section.
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