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    Re: $600 for 50 ml most expensive niche?

    $600 for 50ml.
    That's approximately $1 per spray - which would be fair enough if it lasts.
    I hate paying any sort of money for scents that disappear after two or three hours.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: What's a good Sandalwood?

    Trumpers Sandalwood Cologne,
    or the very similar smelling Chanel Egoiste.

    Art of Shaving Sandalwood Essential Oil EDT is the most sandalwoody - after about an hour when the eucolyptus note wears...
  3. Re: Obscure (odd) Niche scent that got you a surprising compliment -

    Maybe it's time we had a Positive Comment thread instead.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: Pino Silvestre bringing us 3 new releases.

    Thanks,for that, I saw them in the shop a week ago without testers, and was wondering about them.

    Any idea how long they last with good effect?

    I bought Pino Sylvestri Muschi di Bosco (Moss of...
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    Re: Strenght and speed scent?

    Sung Homme comes to mind.
    Ultra potent 80s powerhouse, but with some citrusy freshness in it.
    Cheers,
    Renato
  6. Re: Are there any great scents that smell like fresh linens?

    Hi Russlan,
    I always think of Tommy T as a freshly ironed shirt scent.
    So I always wear it with business shirts on hot summer days.
    Cheers,
    Renato
  7. Re: Are there any great scents that smell like fresh linens?

    Demeter's Laundrette ( I actually own this ridiculous scent).
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: On the hunt for a new frag.

    Egoiste smells in part very similar to Trumper's Sandalwood Cologne, if you can find it anywhere in Sydney.
    It took me a while to get used to Egoiste, though I'm still not fond of that opening girly...
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    Re: Suggestions Needed

    Bogart Pour Homme has a throwback to the classics feel about it - to my nose at least.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Can a man wear female fragrances?

    Black Orchid is one of the regular worm women's scents around here, and I have to admit i don't find it very girly and smells quite pleasant.

    i don't know the other ones, I've actually bought...
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    Re: INVICTUS by PACO RABANNE

    I've smelled Invictus several times, and always thought it smelled quite okay.
    Only problem is, I can't ever remember what it smells like.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Can a man wear female fragrances?

    Out of the thousands of women's scents on the market, there seem to be a several dozen that come up here over the years that a few guys wear.

    I'm still waiting for someone here to say he loves...
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    Re: EU regulation and lavender

    I can't see many countries following the latest regulations from Brussels - limiting the power of vacuum cleaners to 900W, in order to cut CO2 emissions. Rather I suspect a healthy black market in...
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    Poll: Re: Why do you buy Niche fragrances?

    I don't buy niche scents much anymore, unless they are going cheap.
    Artistic or artisinal they may be, but in general, they are total duds in the positive-comment-from-females department.
    Heaps...
  15. Poll: Re: --------->Guys, do you follow gender classification with fragrances?

    The most annoying thing is when niche scents don't put gender classifications on bottles, so that one has to wade through a bunch of junk feminine scents trying to find something interesting.

    I'm...
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    Re: Yor most worn scent, ever....

    Green Irish Tweed - I actually nearly finished a 125ml bottle, before giving it to my nephew.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Back to the classics: suggestions!

    Hi again,
    I didn't realise there were two Ferre for Men, the one I was referring to was this one which was going dirt cheap in Italy last year....
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    Re: Top five vanilla scents

    Rocco Barocco Fashion Man
    Caron PH
    Givenchy Pi
    Elizabeth Taylor's Passion For Man
    And the $35 Palermo copy of Tobacco Vanille (similar to the vanilla in Fashion Man).
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Back to the classics: suggestions!

    Good to see you again.

    Giorgio Beverly Hills - bright loud scent, a favourite - though my wife complains that it's too loud.
    Giorgio Red - okay scent, same sort of style as Nobile, with a bit of...
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    Re: Grey Flannel and Fahrenheit

    Eau de Grey Flannel smells more like Fahrenheit than Grey Flannel does, though both are still quite different.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: New: Joop! Homme Extreme

    As always, i am looking forward to your review.
    Regards,
    Renato
  22. Thread: Gender rating

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    Re: Gender rating

    Interesting observation thanks. 4711 I've always thought slightly feminine too, though it's been so ubiquitous over the years (e.g in aircraft towelette fresheners) that I mainly think it generic...
  23. Thread: Gender rating

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    Re: Gender rating

    No, I have Original Vetiver and it is quite masculine to my nose. My wife wouldn't wear it. But she will wear Muglers Cologne which I won't wear (and it smells quite good on her).
    Regards,
    Renato
  24. Thread: Gender rating

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    Re: Gender rating

    i agree - I've always been puzzled as to why people think it unisex or masculine.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: need your help + my collection

    I was going to suggest Kiton Men, till I saw it as your second last.

    Why not an A*men flanker to round out your collection?
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: Help me pick a Vetiver that lasts

    Azzaro Pure Vetiver is my longest lasting one - though it's not that pure.
    Regards,
    Renato
  27. Re: What are the booziest fragrances you've had the pleasure of wearing?

    Joop Homme Wild, plus dozens of Bay Rum colognes.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Pi, Vintage Black, or Versace L'Homme?

    Pi is a loud oriental - great for going out at night, but not really a work scent, in my opinion.
    Versace L'Homme I only really like on a warm day, as it's fairly fresh
    Vintage Black is the better...
  29. Re: my thoughts on my new purchase of cool water & joop

    One advantage of wearing Joop Homme is that when you go to the shops, your partner will have no difficulty locating you if you separate.

    In a liquor shop a few months back, I had no difficulty...
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    Re: Being Ridiculed for Wearing Fragrances as a Man

    It happens on occasion down here in Australia, it is not uncommon.

    Responses can vary from the assertive

    "I'm sure you feel that way" then act is if you are uninterested in what they said -...
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    Re: Muelhens 4711 disappointment,

    As someone pointed out here years ago, 4711 is superb for cleaning eyeglasses and windows.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: long lasting subtle cologne

    My three long lasting very subtle ones are
    Bvlgari Pour Homme
    Emporio Armani He/Lui
    F Ferragamo.

    Also, CK Free is so subtle I never contemplated buying it.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Creed Aventus - Why am I hating it??

    Yes, there is the more pineappley version which i own, but really, you description is pretty much what I was expecting after reading the descriptions of others here.

    Why were you expecting more...
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    Re: How long does 3.4 oz last?

    I'm in two minds about that - all things being equal you are correct.

    But the contrary argument is that if you buy a big bottle, though you may never get through it, it can't get reformulated.
    ...
  35. Thread: Monotheme

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    Re: Monotheme

    I own Vetiver Bourbon - a very pleasant scent, but its strength is only good for a couple of hours.

    So I didn't bother checking out anymore after that one, even though they're sold inexpensively...
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    Re: CK Man vs Euphoria

    Funny, the only reason I'd recommend Euphoria over CK Man is for the very reason that you give in your excellent description, whereas CK Man is pleasant enough but not a standout for me.

    As I see...
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    Re: How long does 3.4 oz last?

    Depends on the sprayer and the usage.

    Creed and old Boss bottles were 7 or 8 sprays per ml.

    More typically it's 9 to 11 sprays per ml, but pick 10 as relatively conservative. (Note, smaller...
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    Re: Joop Homme Summer Ticket

    Thanks. I think whatever they did add to it just gets overwhelmed by the original part of the formula.

    But it plainly is different in one respect - it wears off in 24 hours. That doesn't happen...
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    Re: Royal Copenhagen Musk?

    I wear Royal Copenhagen sometimes, it's not a favourite, but is interesting for it's powderiness.

    I bought Royal Copenhagen Musk afterwards, and I really didn't like it at all, and I promptly gave...
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    Poll: Re: Spicebomb, Kiton Men or Dior Higher ?

    Well, you certainly don't need a suit and tie to wear Kiton Men, that's ridiculous. Kiton is a great all round scent.

    Spicebomb is a very nice oriental - I'd personally only wear it for going out...
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    Joop Homme Summer Ticket

    I blind bought Joop Homme Summer Ticket today, expecting that it might be somewhat different, in the same way that Joop Splash Summer Ticket is plainly a more herbal version of Joop Splash.

    Joop...
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    Re: CSP's Amour de Cacao is DHI-ish & LIDGE-ish

    I've given about six bottles of this one away as presents.
    It is very nice, but to my nose has not a hint of anything masculine in it. I couldn't wear it.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Versace Green Jeans

    Great to see one other unambiguous fan.

    Black Jeans I too mainly wore in winter, despite a certain freshness in it.

    Baby Blue Jeans I never quite knew what to do with it. While I like it, I...
  44. Re: How do Hugo flankers compare to the original?

    I tried Just Different and I don't remember much about it. However, I am very fond of Red which doesn't smell like the original at all. I'm waiting for its price to drop.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Hugo is sooooo underrated!

    I still wear Hugo occasionally, I think it a very distinctive scent.

    i always remember a work colleague who was a big fan of this scent. The woman who sat next to him let him know in no uncertain...
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    Re: New: Joop! Homme Extreme

    Joop Homme lasted over 12 days on my shirt, before I finally gave up waiting for it to reduce its output, and I threw it into the washing machine.

    Maybe I should set a month's testing time aside...
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    Re: Versace Green Jeans

    This might have been a scent you grew to like if you'd given it a decent strong wear. As I've said I was unimpressed with initial testing.
    Cheers,
    Renato
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    Re: Versace Green Jeans

    I see what you mean. From Fragrantica, the notes are,
    ". Citrus – aromatic composition greets you gleefully with petit grain, lime, aldehydes, bergamot, lemon and Tarragon. The heart is spiced with...
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    Re: Versace Green Jeans

    Thanks, it's the bright and citrusy part which had me mentally label it as a warm weather scent. In the early days, most of the Versace scents had something bright and lively about them.
    Regards,...
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    Re: Versace Green Jeans

    I wear Blue Jeans occasionally, but never really warmed to it. On the other hand, I gave my nephew a bottle and he used it all up in a month, he was so taken with it.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Versace Green Jeans

    As I mentioned in a response above, I wasn't all that fond of Green Jeans the first few times I tested it either.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Versace Green Jeans

    Well, our tastes vary. I don't get as much longevity with strength out of Pino Sylvestri as I do from Green Jeans.

    Agua Brava is pretty much pine absolute, but I don't like it much, whereas I like...
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    Re: Versace Green Jeans

    I initially wasn't all that fond of this scent during wrist testing, but found it to shine in the wearing.
    I like it better than Pino Silvestre which I also have.
    Bowling Green I ordered from...
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    Re: Versace Green Jeans

    Thanks. Yes, it smells like pine to me too - but the listed notes mention lots of woods and no pine.

    Black Jeans is my absolute favourite in this line too. Only problem is I can't wear it, as my...
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    Re: Versace Green Jeans

    I'm not exactly sure what you are going on about.

    From the responses so far, only two people say they owned a bottle, one has given it away and one is going to be getting rid of it - and quite...
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    Versace Green Jeans

    I wore Versace Green Jeans the other day - first time I've done so in the middle of winter, as I've always thought it more a warm weather scent. Anyhow, I was delighted with its performance and the...
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    Re: An unscented deodorant that actually works?

    Deodorants stop your perspiration breaking down and smelling bad for four hours or so. Is that what you really want?

    Or are you after a less aggravating anti-perspirant?

    Most antiperspirants...
  58. Thread: Edp/edt

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    Re: Edp/edt

    Yes, it is interesting to check out the few EDP versions of males scents. But the differences are akin to checking out Extreme or Intense versions of scents, because I suspect they are labelled that...
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    Re: No love for Invictus?

    I must revisit it, now that it's getting cheaper down here.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Pal Zileri Sartoriale

    I suspect you are right about supplies drying up as it is hard to find in shops (I didn't want to buy it blind on the internet). Last year I found only one bottle of it, in one shop in one small town...
  61. Re: Nikos Sculpture - talk me into it or out of it!

    I don't know Gendarme, but Sculpture is an Ambery Fougere scent by the H&R chart, putting it squarely in the category occupied by such as Brut, Blue Jeans, Diesel Plus Plus.

    After an hour or so,...
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    Re: Practical Questions

    One spray?
    Why bother?

    I use at least three sprays per side under clothes - sets up a nice aura, which I don't have to have hit my nose directly all the time.

    Pick the right scent and it will...
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    Re: Pouring Aventus samples into an atomizer

    I've done that,
    You have to hold the vials upside down over the atomiser bottle, and start tapping the base with your finger - a lot.
    These are really good vials, so that only tiny drops come out...
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    Re: My experience with Palermo perfumes..

    Funnily enough, I wrote about those exact two on the main board, having bought them after reading the positive reviews at the Australian Shopping Basenotes section.

    I found the Tuscan Leather to...
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    Re: Kiton Men or Dior Higher ?

    Six sprays for regular use, 9 or 10 sprays when going out to some club or event, should do the trick.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: What's the #1 selling fragrance of all time?

    I'm pretty sure that since 4711 has been selling to men and women since 1792, it would be way up there (It is listed in both the masculine and feminine H&R Chart).

    4711 raises another issue, how...
  67. Re: What's Your Best Cartridge Razor? And Your Worst?

    I've never heard of KAI II or of Daiso - and I live in Melbourne!
    I'll keep a look out for it.

    I sometimes wonder if Australian BIC single blade cartridge is worse than elsewhere in the world,...
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    Re: Pal Zileri Sartoriale

    Glad you had a good outcome.
    Renato
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    Re: Kiton Men or Dior Higher ?

    Ditto.
    Renato
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    Re: Pal Zileri Sartoriale

    Wherever you read that - make sure you don't read anything from there anymore, as the person plainly does not have a clue or has a very defective nose.
    Regards,
    Renato
  71. Re: Are Colognes Really Weaker or Is Olfactory Fatigue Worse than We Realize?

    If one sprays a scent on one's wrist to measure longevity, olfactory fatigue isn't an issue.

    And if one wears a scent to test longevity, and various scents deliver strongly for 12 hours while...
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    Re: Pal Zileri Sartoriale

    Rush is a very deceptive scent. When it first came out I posted the exact same thing as you about it here several times. I could only get about two hours out of it before it disappeared.

    Then one...
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    Re: Which One is Best Perfume (long lasting)

    Joop Homme outlasts them all by far, followed by Goutals Sables (both last for many days) and in no order Aramis, Ducati, Photo, Opium PH EDP, One Man Show, Eternity. Some like A*men have been...
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    Re: Pal Zileri Sartoriale

    Can't hurt if you got it cheap.
    The closest scent I ever found to Rush was Trend PH by Les Copains. I doubt you'll find it anywhere though.

    I still have a 20ml and a 50ml bottle of Rush which I...
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    Re: Bvlgari Black To Be Discontinued.

    Beats me why - given such a bottle has value either here or at Ebay, or that many people would appreciate it as a gift - one would use it as a toilet fresher?

    Does it smell better in the toilet? ...
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    Re: Versace Pour Homme

    I don't think it a good all-rounder. I mainly wear it on warm summer days.
    Regards,
    Renato
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    Re: Bvlgari Black To Be Discontinued.

    I'm surprised it was discontinued a long time ago.
    Usually, just prior to discontinuation, a scent shows up in bulk at discount chains down here at inexpensive prices. So far, that's happened...
  78. Re: Fragrances of the World vs Fragrances of Basenotes

    At those watch forums, are people dismissive and/or subtly or overtly negative towards those who raise Timex in a thread?

    Do they say that rather than buy four or five Timex watches, one is better...
  79. Re: Fragrances of the World vs Fragrances of Basenotes

    Just counted 16 designer scent threads out of 50.
    Good to see the count trending up.
    Regards,
    Renato
  80. Re: Fragrances of the World vs Fragrances of Basenotes

    Three reviews at Fragrantica and one at Basenotes. The Basenotes review is the more accurate of the four, in my opinion.

    I don't look at inspiration from scents - inspiration to do what? Wear it?...
  81. Re: Fragrances of the World vs Fragrances of Basenotes

    I made an initial observation that the biggest selling scents in the world don't get much discussion here, and sought opinions.

    By far most responses were in agreement with my observation.

    The...
  82. Re: Fragrances of the World vs Fragrances of Basenotes

    Nothing was defensive in my observation that the subjects and objects you were referring to in your post were the same people.
    You can peruse all the responses to verify that.
    Regards,
    Renato
  83. Re: Fragrances of the World vs Fragrances of Basenotes

    Indeed not.
    Read the post I was replying to - I couldn't make out if it was aimed at me, who never mentioned "snobbishness" once.
    Cheers,
    Renato
  84. Re: Fragrances of the World vs Fragrances of Basenotes

    As I said in one of the responses to this thread,
    "When did designer scents in general, and the biggest selling ones in the world specifically, become the province of the "mall crowd" over at...
  85. Re: Fragrances of the World vs Fragrances of Basenotes

    I suppose it could, because anything is possible. The likelihood though, is somewhere between negligible and non-existant.

    Regards,
    Renato
  86. Re: Fragrances of the World vs Fragrances of Basenotes

    A book forum that goes on and on about surrealist French Poetry?
    Is the membership in the tens of thousands or in the tens?
    Regards,
    Renato
  87. Re: Fragrances of the World vs Fragrances of Basenotes

    In this thread, the issue of snobbishness to do with niche scents, has for the very main part been raised by people who seem firmly in the niche scent buying brigade.

    The subjects and objects of...
  88. Re: Fragrances of the World vs Fragrances of Basenotes

    Basenotes has only been that small when it first started. It grew rapidly thereafter.
    Regards,
    Renato
  89. Re: Fragrances of the World vs Fragrances of Basenotes

    i don't visit them, but from your comment I guess movie sites don't discuss the latest most popular blockbuster movies and book sites don't discuss the latest best selling books, right? And music...
  90. Re: Fragrances of the World vs Fragrances of Basenotes

    The Just Starting Out Forum was a place for beginners - because when they joined, year in and year out, they kept asking the same questions ad nauseum (as one would expect newbies to do).

    I don't...
  91. Re: Fragrances of the World vs Fragrances of Basenotes

    But Basenotes was the place for the grasshoppers to come. That's how it started out - a few ultra knowledgeable types and lots of grasshoppers.

    The biggest mentor was Grant - with his designer...
  92. Re: Fragrances of the World vs Fragrances of Basenotes

    Beats me where you get the idea of my suggesting a limit on the number of posts.

    In my opinion, "us versus them" shows up in numerous threads about designer scents I click on. There are always far...
  93. Re: Fragrances of the World vs Fragrances of Basenotes

    Well, that's pretty much the crux of my point.

    Both you and others in this thread say that , either implicitly or explicitly.

    In designer scent threads, it shows through either explicitly or...
  94. Re: Fragrances of the World vs Fragrances of Basenotes

    Obscurity is a relative matter. Is Roccobarocco Fashion Man harder to find on the internet and stores than most of the niche "gems"? I doubt it.

    I also think designer scent discussion gets...
  95. Re: Fragrances of the World vs Fragrances of Basenotes

    Yes, these forums are a very nice place for discussions.

    But would it hurt to have discussion about both the high end scents that few wear and the designer scents that are the biggest sellers?...
  96. Re: Fragrances of the World vs Fragrances of Basenotes

    I said discussion here about the biggest selling scents in the world was relatively minuscule - I didn't say non existent.

    I'm not worried about not being able to test new niche scents, as I have...
  97. Re: Fragrances of the World vs Fragrances of Basenotes

    Well Starbucks had to clear out of Australia, as their coffee was so poor.

    But what you say about no one is going to sit around discussing Gucci Guilty is pertinent.

    When Gucci Envy, Rush, PH...
  98. Re: Fragrances of the World vs Fragrances of Basenotes

    Problem with the reviews is that unless you know the reviewers, you often don't know whether they are reviewing a scent from the perspective of art/artisinal qualities or from the perspective of...
  99. Re: Fragrances of the World vs Fragrances of Basenotes

    You aren't that fond of Invictus - neither am I. Though I might pick a bottle up when it drops to $25.

    But I am fond of my 18Euro bottle of Roccobarocco Fashion Man which I am wearing today, it...
  100. Re: Fragrances of the World vs Fragrances of Basenotes

    Well, if you ever travel to Bassano del Grappa in Italy, go to Profumeria Lunardon. The closest thing to designer scents it stocks is Annick Goutal and Creed. Everything else is niche stuff I see...
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