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    Re: Your favorite Sandalwood frag?

    Vintage Arden for Men and Tam Dao
  2. Re: How much of your collection is made up of sweet perfumes?

    Maybe 10%? Troisieme Homme is the sweetest thing I own and I do not wear it often for that reason, love it though I so. Zino I count as sweet and I do love and wear that. Otherwise, not so much.
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    Re: Light, Airy Masculine Floral

    So true! I do like the Cuir Pleine Fleur idea, though.
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    Re: Your top lavender fragrances

    Caron's Pour un Homme
    Ungaro II
    Heritage (opening)
    Aqua Lavanda
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    Re: Which fragrance to choose (AGE 20)?

    Given your modern line up, maybe having one throwback scent would be a good idea. I think that Azzaro Pour Homme would be a nice addition--a little retro yet classic and VERY good smelling.
  6. Thread: Mark Birley

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    Re: Mark Birley

    The pedigree, the prestige... this should be a great fragrance, but on me it opens with lemon Ajax and never drifts from that single note. Instead of summoning up images of posh nightclubs in...
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    Re: What's a sister company?

    How weird--the two couldn't have less in common.
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    Re: Malle is underappreciated

    I am not personally a fan but I always felt that his work was very much appreciated here on BN--more than warranted, in my opinion. Anyway, he had a great exit and I am sure that he got what he...
  9. Re: Guerlain Vetiver Vs. Frederic Malle Vetiver Ext.

    Guerlain. Full stop.
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    Re: Top 5 Spring Fragrances

    Guerlain Vetiver
    Green Irish Tweed
    Royall Rugby
    Troisieme Homme
    Cuiron
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    Re: Well hello, Yatagan!

    It really is unique and worth a try. Every time I wear it I ask myself, why don't I wear this more often? If you haven't tried them, smell Marcello's other masterpieces, Halston Z-14 and Estee...
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    Re: what have you hoarded the most?

    Vintage Z-14 and Dunhill Edition
  13. Re: have you ever prefer the women version of a fragrance than the men version?

    No, not me. I mean, there are scents where the woman's version is better --on a woman-- but not enough that I would wear it.
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    Re: Smokey Poppy The Body Shop..any thoughts

    Lots of vanilla with bergamot, opoponax and civet. A BEAUTIFUL scent but definitely not unisex. Shalimar, that is. Smokey Poppy sounds interesting--is it marketed as a feminine?
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    Re: my first Guerlain

    Your fragrance life is just beginning! All/any are good, but Heritage or l'Eau Boisee are good choices. I think that their Vetiver is always a great way in to this house. There is no turning...
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    Re: Which fragrance blogs do you read?

    Yes
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    Re: Which fragrance blogs do you read?

    I like From Pyrgos (Bright and funny but with a bit of a chip on his shoulder) & Pour Monsieur(Shamu--come back--we miss you!), The Scented Hound and the Sniff Box (Beautiful drawings along with the...
  18. Re: More masculine between dior homme and Dior homme intense?

    Lipstick on a pig?
  19. Re: What scent or cologne would you like to be remembered by?

    Vintage Z-14 or Heritage
  20. Re: Advice Requested of Me and by Association, Basenotes

    Whatever it is, it should be something that is likely to stick around, unlike many of the niche houses that will not probably be in existence in ten years time. I wore Edition on my wedding day and...
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    Tons of Estee Lauder stuff at my local Marshalls--also several bottles of Aramis Gentleman. Not sure if it is any good so I didn't get one. Also, an intriguing scent from Lanvin called Me--no idea...
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    Poll: Re: If you died tomorrow...

    What is an ML? I think that we all speak in shorthand a bit too much here....
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    Re: A Springtime Sillage Monster?

    Caron's Troisieme Homme
  24. Re: Your Wife/Husband/Partners Absolute Favourite Fragrance on You?

    My wife loves Dunhill Edition and Aramis on me.
  25. Re: Guerlainade vs. Creed's Base: Polar Opposites?

    Of course, the feminines have a common thread (and beautiful it is....)--was just thinking of the masculines.
  26. Re: Women's fragrances you consider unisex or even masculine?

    SO funny. I may admit to Cristalle.... And Nuits d'Harien--that is so butch that few women could pull it off. Vive la difference, I say.
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    Re: Guerlain Jicky Parfum 30 years vintage

    I may go splash on some Ungaro II on the strength of it!
  28. Re: Creed product placement in NBC's Parks And Recreation

    Unisex cologne but a traditional wet shaver
  29. Re: Guerlainade vs. Creed's Base: Polar Opposites?

    I don't get a sense of a "Chanelade"--Pour Monsieur and Antaeus have little in common other than their brilliance and after that nothing is consistent or even good, IMO. Egoiste maybe..... Guerlain...
  30. Re: Bottega Veneta Pour Homme Extreme ~ new fragrance

    I really like the original but liked the low key aspect of it the best, which is in line with their leather goods.
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    Re: pick one out of three

    Fragrance free, I'm afraid.....
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    Re: Guerlain Jicky Parfum 30 years vintage

    "Trousery civet?" I think that a new phrase has been coined!
  33. Re: Which fragrance in your collection has most longevity ?

    Knize Ten and Golden Edition both have phenomenal longevity!
  34. Re: Guerlainade vs. Creed's Base: Polar Opposites?

    My two favorite houses........ The closest they come to colliding for me is Heritage and Bois de Portugal--they are nowhere near identical, but the lines blur a bit.....
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    Re: Notes you can't stand?

    There is a weird, over-heating cable note that I hate--burning hot rubber and electronics. Tresor by Lancome smells of this to me. Not sure what is at the heart of this.
  36. Re: King of Oakmoss: what is the best oakmoss dominated perfume in your opinion ?

    R de Capucci comes to mind. Mitsouko, yes, definitely!
  37. Re: Your favorite of your most/least expensive scents (pick one of each)

    Most: TF Italian Cypress. Least: Halston Z-14. Irony: they are the same thing.
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    Re: Fragrances that work therapeutic

    Me, too.
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    Re: Old Pharmacies and Vintage Fragrances

    Great idea-- some real treasures there for someone. No real danger but something funky is going on there!
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    Re: A little help regarding guerlain shalimar

    Extremely feminine to me (my mother and grandmother's signature) but if you wear it, you will be the best smelling man in the room, even if not perceived as a very many one.
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    Old Pharmacies and Vintage Fragrances

    I love old pharmacies--you never know what treasures are lurking on their shelves, and usually the older (read more valuable vintage) are on sale just to get them out of the way. I finally went into...
  42. Re: Most beautiful masculine/unisex perfume bottle?

    http://i1255.photobucket.com/albums/hh626/AOviatt/Heritage_zps14644bf0.jpg
  43. Re: Most beautiful masculine/unisex perfume bottle?

    These always remind me of the crown of lower Egypt (deshret) worn by the Pharaohs......
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    Re: What do I look like I smell like?

    I agree--actually all of the Varvatos frags would fit your visual, and could make a complete fragrance wardrobe.
  45. Re: What were niche prices like in the 1970s/1980s?

    No spray bottles as I recall, just Flacons and the packaging looks exactly the same. At that time it was the only place to buy Creed in Los Angeles and a great shop. There was a Ted Lapidus right...
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    Re: Which Antaeus suits your taste better?

    Vintage, but the newer one is still so much better than most of what is out there that you can't go wrong. Great stuff. Wear more often!
  47. Re: What were niche prices like in the 1970s/1980s?

    I used to get Creed in the 70s at a store on Rodeo called Mr Guy--seemed hugely expensive at the time but then, I remember at that same time a pair of Gucci loafers down the street were $100 and that...
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    Poll: Re: Favorite House (Poll)

    Guerlain with Creed coming in a close second.
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    Re: Van Cleef & Arpels. Pour homme vs Tsar

    Tsar gets my vote
  50. Re: The Three New Oriza L. Legrand fragrances now at Luckyscent!!

    They are really wonderful scents and these sound interesting, chive not withstanding.....
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    Re: Guerlain Vetiver Eau de Cologne

    Great haul! EdC is my favorite version of Guerlain's Vetiver, which is one of the greatest fragrances ever made. Full stop.
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    Re: Caron 3rd man or Dunhill for men ?

    Not to me, and you will be the best smelling man around!
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    Re: Caron 3rd man or Dunhill for men ?

    Both great scents. Dunhill is safer blind, more of a traditional masculine, gentlemanly. The Caron is great but has a whole lot going on, very floral and for that reason--for me-- more challenging...
  54. Thread: Lomani

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    Re: Lomani

    I have never smelled it. It seems to me to be an unsupported brand here in the US--not many stores carry it, no advertising, etc., not sure if there is a fashion brand to support this or just a...
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    Re: SOTD Thursday 1st January 2015

    Royal Rugby (Christmas gift) today. Had a traditional Japanese oshogatsu ( New Years lunch), a parade, some football and a nap! Happy New Years to all!
  56. Re: Soft scents that pull people in. Recommendations?

    Caron's Pour un Homme is like that to me.
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    Re: For a woman who "has it all"...

    First I have heard of a burnt rubber note in Shalimar?
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    Re: Women under 35 and classic perfumes

    Shalimar on a young woman is devastating. Okay, on any woman of any age it is amazing. It takes some chien to pull it off, but really grand older perfumes on younger women--I am thinking Guerlain,...
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    Re: Roja Dove appreciation thread

    While I may not wax lyrical about his work (and I know the guy!) he certainly is one of the most self-realized humans on the planet. How many of you can say that?
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    Re: Fragrances that people around you hate

    My daughter--a really bi fan of how I smell generally-- once said "you smell really weird--not in a a bad way, but you might not want to wear that again..." I was wearing Habit Rouge. Ouch.
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    Re: Most underrated/overrated

    Overrated: Every thing from Bond No.9 (really, anyone actually like this stuff?)
    Underrated: SO many, but I am going to say Azzaro Pour Homme l'eau--great flanker, and I don't even like flankers!
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    Re: Caron 3rd man - smell alikes

    Unlike anything else I have smelled--beautiful, and challenging to wear because for that--it is a little too pretty, IMO.
  63. Re: Inappropriate times to wear fragrance (excluding gym and funerals)

    I think that wearing scent is part of being well-groomed and well-presented so I always do at a funeral--just my usual low level--and think that showing up well put together is part of honoring the...
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    Re: Bay Rum with Lime

    St John is the only one I know of and it is excellent--a natural pairing!
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    Re: Favorite Perfumer?

    Vincent Marcello and Jean Paul Guerlain
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    Poll: Re: Bois de Portugal vs. Tabarome

    Well put!
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    Re: Masculine Notes Help

    I would say to stay away from Iris/orris as it tends to have a lipstick/makeup vibe to it. While some newer masculines run with this (Dior Homme), it does not strike me as a traditional masculine...
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    Re: 2014 XMAS Day Scent

    All such great choices- I wore Aramis, not because it smells particularly of Christmas, but because this holiday in particular reminds me of my father. It is a way to have him around even tHough he...
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    Re: For Xmas I received.......

    Royall Rugby-unexpected but surprisingly nice. The only frags I gave this year were some Aerin Lauder Lilac Path for my daughter and Shalimar for my mother-both well-received!
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, December 23, 2014

    Important meeting today, so I wore Italian Cypress. Great stuff. Z-14 revisited, in a good way.
  71. Re: Looking for a "bad boy" rum and oceanic fragrance.

    Maestrale by Profumi di Pantarella

    Here is my review and while is does not have a pina colada vibe it does have a boozy rum note:

    Imagine a virile, musclebound god rising out of the waves; a...
  72. Re: Which fragrances in the last 15 years "changed the game"?

    I think that the fragrances of Jean-Claude Ellena have changed the industry--not in a good way, especially, as I am not a fan of his style--and retooled the way we think of contemporary masculine...
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    Re: Clean Leather - Recommendations?

    This
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    Re: Big Scent, Big Statement?

    Big Hair and shoulder pads done right. My vote for Maddy Hayes? Lashings of Balmain's Ivoire or Estee Lauder's Private...
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    Re: I need a Day Fragrance

    I think that Bottega Veneta's masculine fragrance could be perfect--fresh and piney with a little leather and musk going on. Great daytime frag., in my opinion.
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    Re: My Top 5 Worst of the Worst Fragrances

    A*Men
    Kouros
    All Bond No 9
    Obsession
    Secretions Magnifiques
  77. Re: Extraordinary Dry Downs and Bases: What Are The Standouts?

    [QUOTE=Ken_Russell;3317581]Gourmand notes with great development during base- Endymion by Penhaligons
    Leather with an equally spectacular drydown- Knize Ten
    Chypre with all of the richness,...
  78. Re: Which long-term fragrance are you still excited to wear?

    Z-14. Loved it and have worn it for years. That said, I still look forward to splashing some on (vintage, nach).
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    Re: New: Dunhill Icon

    The first time I have been excited about a Dunhill launch in a LONG time!
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    Re: Z-14 Combo Packs , Vintage or Current ?

    I, too, found a gift set (EdT and AS) with oak moss and bought it quite cheaply--am keeping my eye on it to stockpile if I find any others. I noticed that the gift sets at TJ Maxx have only tree...
  81. Re: New Platinum Egoiste bottle featured on Macy's website

    I just smelled this from the new bottle at my local Macy's--hadn't smelled it in years and I must say it smelled thin, synthetic and a little screechy--not the way I think of Chanel masculines but...
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    Re: What is your favorite Creed and why?!

    Baie de Genievre: Three simple ingredients--juniper berries, cinnamon leaves and vetiver (along with the house note of ambergris) make the whole much greater than the sum of its parts.
  83. Re: In this thread we review a fragrance with a picture (JPG/GIFs)

    Zinohttp://i1255.photobucket.com/albums/hh626/AOviatt/Zino_zps30fd164a.jpg
  84. Re: In this thread we review a fragrance with a picture (JPG/GIFs)

    http://i1255.photobucket.com/albums/hh626/AOviatt/330a85af-6c0f-4c3d-9693-4783f4efe0fe_zps914dd997.jpg

    Elsha 1776
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    Re: Endymion is back on my active shelf.

    I love it.
  86. Re: Nominate a bottle for the most elegant bottle award here!

    I think that the original screw top bottle for Guerlain's Heritage is very elegant!
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    Re: Confounded by Diptyque

    I have the EdT. I don't get "headshop" from it (although Zino does remind of that....)--I get bone dry cedar and sandalwood. I am just reporting what others have said.....
  88. Re: Tested out Amen today, never been so offended in my life

    I have a hard time with the entire Mugler line up--with the possible exception of their cologne, I find the line pretty unwearable--there is a sweet, dense, rotting note in all of their fragrances...
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    Re: Confounded by Diptyque

    It is an interesting house. Great candles. The only fragrance I like enough to own is Tam Dao which I really like but my daughter says that I reek of incense every time I wear it--head shop incense,...
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, Decemberr 4, 2014

    Wearing a favorite that I haven't had in rotation for months--Must de Cartier. Damn, it smells good! Why, I ask myself, don't I wear this more often?
  91. Re: How come there aren't any professional critics/reviewers for fragrances?

    Denise Hamilton is a professional perfume critic for the LA Times. She is also an author and a great speaker:

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denise_Hamilton
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    Re: les Exclusifs suggestions for a "Chanel man"

    Such good advice, this. Antaeus is really special.
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    Re: VC&A TSAR. reformulation?

    I run hot and cold with this one-I have that version as well and sometimes I like it and other times don't get what the big deal is. I have been wearing it more lately because a friend of mine...
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    Re: Your favorite L'Occitane

    +1 for Baux and Cade--great stuff. Have had and liked Badian as well.
  95. Re: How do you decide what to wear on Thanksgiving? (or any big meal oriented holiday)

    Yatagan is a popular choice for me but I am going with Aramis--reminds me of my dad and this was his favorite holiday.
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    Re: Fragrances resembling eggnog?

    I think that Bois 1920's Sushi Imperiale smells like Eggnog--pay no attention to the name. This is from the Lucky Scent site: its true spicy nature arrives with the gorgeous spices of cinnamon,...
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    Re: Article on Florals for Men

    Great article. Florals have always played a huge role in men's fragrance. I personally like them best in a supporting role, but they are important. My favorite, manly Z-14 has gardenia in it, so...
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    Re: looking for a citrus creamy powerhouse

    Habit Rouge certainly has citrus (top notes), creamy heart notes (that famous Guerlain vanilla) and a leathery powerhouse base......
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

    Wearing Elsha Russian Leather today--ambery, birch tarry leather with a dry root beer undercurrent. Just the thing for fall, with a tweed jacket, ancient madder paisley tie and polished wingtips.
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    Re: Guerlain Vetiver

    Simply the best. You can become the new stereotype for this. Enjoy.
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