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    Re: Wearing A*Men in an office setting

    Sure, but...



    I like a light body-mist application and a small squirt to the wrists for powerhouses at work.
  2. Re: If you own both Italian Cypress and Devin, please raise your hand...

    Devin is green cyphre that is somewhat leathery and dirty...the "country cologne" marketing fits it will. Italian Cypress is very clean and structured, and based on wood and spices. Both are good,...
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    Re: New Purcahse Advice

    At Sephora I've been loving Bulgari Pour Homme Soir (edit: already suggested I see. Good suggestion).

    Also, if you love TdH, can't go wrong with Cartier Declaration, but I'm sure you knew that.
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    Re: Prada Luna Rossa, new male perfume by Prada

    Ok, I'm a little behind on trying this one, but I have to speak up in its defense. I don't love it and I probably won't buy it, but why someone would pan Luna Rossa while voicing appreciation for...
  5. Re: Is there anything that smells like Givenchy Gentleman, but lasts longer and is stronger?

    Perhaps Aramis...doesn't smell exactly the same but its in the same ballpark in terms of vintage patchouli attitude.
  6. Re: Seeking an honest opinion about Chanel Antaeus pour Homme.

    I like it, and yes that is a good price. I had no idea it was such a divisive scent; to me it's very soft and was immediately likeable. Not sure if I have the vintage or the modern version though.
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    Re: Your Most Worn Fragrances of 2012?

    I'm pretty sure mine was either Cartier Declaration or Guerlain Vetiver.
  8. Re: *Gag* - Laundry liquid Soap has gone NUCLEAR. Why?

    Actually I don't find scented detergents that bad as long as they aren't trying to smell like something. For instance I am OK with the scented Tide that just smells like Tide aka soap. But the minute...
  9. Re: *Gag* - Laundry liquid Soap has gone NUCLEAR. Why?

    Unscented soap and mist the sheets with Prada Infusion d'Iris linen water. You will sleep like a baby.

    Or maybe run an extra rinse cycle.
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    Re: AOS Sandalwood vs. MPG Santal Noble

    They are about as far apart on the sandalwood spectrum as you can get. AoS is clean, sheer, a little balmy, and reminds me of a nice spa with wood paneling. The base is nothing special. If you want a...
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    Re: Jaipur EDP vs. Eau Sauvage EDP???

    Jaipur over Eau Sauvage EDP, but Eau Sauvage original over both.
  12. Re: I want to buy another Creed, and why I think people love Creed

    I agree...Creeds make good "no brainer" scents, and those scents have their place just like the unique and vintage ones. Need a good scent and don't want to think much about it? Creed. Want to make a...
  13. Re: Azzaro PH (old formulation) vs Azzaro PH (new formulation)

    They smell pretty much the same, but the old lasts longer. That's ok; just spray more! It's cheap enough!
  14. Re: Any designer fragrances that evoke both warm and cold feelings?

    Also Rive Guache and Caron Pour Un Homme. Actually I get the warm/cool thing from many classically-styled barbershop type scents, so look into those in general.
  15. Re: Any designer fragrances that evoke both warm and cold feelings?

    Aramis New West and +1 L'Instant de Guerlain.
  16. Thread: Dark vanilla

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    Re: Dark vanilla

    x3 for Black Orchid...the Vanilla from the Black Lagoon.
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    Re: Question about Gucci Envy for men

    My bottle was the lighter colored one...if it smells legit, it's legit. Fakes never smell legit for more than minute or so.
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    Re: What kind of razor do you use??

    I've been using an Edwin Jagger DE86 with Proraso Green.

    Started shaving DE to get out of paying out the nose for cartridges (just $7.88 for a 100 pack of Derby blades vs $15 for like a 5 pack of...
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    Re: thebeck is signing off

    Good call! Farewell and have fun.
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    Re: Givenchy Gentlemen Only

    I must say I am not exactly hyperventilating, but hopefully it will at least be decent quality and share some character with the original.
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    Poll: Re: Company Xmas parties - which fragrance?

    I wore DH without the I to mine. So DHI.
  22. Re: I just ordered a bottle of Midnight in Paris from Neimans

    Great scent, and one of the best bottles in history.
  23. Re: Is YSL Pour Homme anything like Chanel Pour Monsieur?

    A thousand times no! Chanel PM is more focused on velvet-smooth spices. It is completely polished, and not a thing is out of place. YSL PH is (intentionally?) very challenging, sharp, focused on high...
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    Re: What people say when you wear Yatagan?

    Does not smell very intimidating after the first few minutes. I think my wife is the only one who ever commented on it. Nothing exciting, something like, "That's nice...very masculine."
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    Re: How unique is Bvlgari Black?

    Was unique until VA&A Midnight in Paris and SMN Tabacco Toscana surpassed it.
  26. Re: What makes Guerlain's Derby reissue so expensive?

    Also, economies of scale. It's more expensive the produce scents when they are not produced in large volumes, which Guerlain obviously didn't want to do since Derby wasn't selling well in the first...
  27. Re: Suggestions for a standard men's winter fragrance?

    These two. For something a little less sweet (which you seem to like), try Marc Jacobs Bang! or for true simplicity, Diptyque Tam Dao.
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    Re: Is civet a dated note in fragrance?

    ^ Great observation. We are not shiny androids.

    Also, I don't think any one note itself can be dated. The note is used mainly in perfumes from an earlier era, but styles and tastes change. Our...
  29. Re: The Best Most Leathery Leather scents (male or female)...Your opinions please!

    Interesting. All this debate about what smells most like "real" leather, yet I've never smelled one single fragrance that actually smells like leather. I do like Tuscan Leather, Knize Ten, Cuiron and...
  30. Re: Please help me celebrate 1 year on base notes and help me pick my 20th bottle

    Coromandel, yum.
  31. Re: I really like YSL L'Homme BUT I need something that lasts longer

    Anvers 2 makes a good substitute for YSL L'Homme. Similar feel, higher quality, better longevity.
  32. Re: New Fragrance: Decennial (Special Edition Quartet for Luckyscent's 10th Anniversary)

    Anyone tried these? I'm about to place an order and use the Basenotes discount code to get them for free. What should I expect? Some of them look pretty interesting. Nuit Epiceeand and Bois Bourbon...
  33. Thread: Iso E Super

    by LiveJazz
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    Re: ISO E Super

    That does it, I'm making a home brew Molecule 01. I don't even think I'll like that all that much, but I really want to know what ISO E smells like by itself without paying out the nose for...
  34. Re: Which Dior Fragrances Do You Think a Man Can Wear?

    1) Dune. What a wonderful, unique and unisex amber. A warm amber aquatic? Whatever it is, it sure is fun.

    2) Addict. Nice toasty vanilla.

    3) Diorella, though I like Eau Sauvage better for a...
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    Re: Terre d'hermes - reformulated?

    Same perfumer, many of the same ingredients, similar smell, so probably also targeted for reformulation. And since it's regarded as a modern classic, that pretty much guarantees reformulation. :(
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    Re: Frapin L'Humaniste

    Exactly...prices often double in the last few hours of an auction. It's just that with fragrances, so many items listed are buy it now only, so actual auctions look like deceivingly good deals until...
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    Re: Terre d'hermes - reformulated?

    Damn...and Hermes seemed to be immune to the reformulation plague.

    Must get a backup of Declaration, just in case.
  38. Re: Rive Gauche: who's tried the new bottle and who's stocking up on the can?

    Don't hold your breath...hard to come by in physical stores, unfortunately.

    I've also never smelled the new bottle version...would be interested to hear how it smells if anyone has had the...
  39. Re: Need a Scent For Someone Who Does Not Typically Wear Cologne

    Whatever you buy, please don't make it Mugler Cologne...this stuff is fresh, yes, but it's a nuclear blast of howling, blinding freshness. It seems like about 50% of Basenoters think it's light and...
  40. Re: Help wanted: Ambre Russe, L'Ombre Fauve or Chergui?

    Lol...you guys know me quite well. This was a close #4, and would be on the list if it weren't in a slightly higher price bracket than the three listed. In fact, I might have bought it already! Any...
  41. Re: Help wanted: Ambre Russe, L'Ombre Fauve or Chergui?

    Ha! This kind of dialog is exactly what has been looping in my head for the last few weeks!



    Alright, I think I'm eliminating L'Ombre Fauve (even though I love patchouli), as I already have...
  42. Re: That illusive Urinal cake/ bathroom deodorizer smell...

    I was just thinking it's been awhile since I've smelled the "public urinal" smell in an actual public urinal. I guess that's why.
  43. Help wanted: Ambre Russe, L'Ombre Fauve or Chergui?

    So, 6 years in and this might be my first "what should I buy" thread. I've tried to avoid it, and yet here we are! I'm really, truly, hopelessly stuck between getting a bottle of Lutens Chergui,...
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    Re: Bleu de Chanel vs Bvlgari Aqva

    Bleu for me...I've come to accept that aquatics just don't work for me, and never will.
  45. Re: Which of these French perfumes do you like best?

    Well, first I think you need to ask yourself if you generally like classical scents or newer ones. Of course you may have both in your collection, but if you're specifically looking for a signature...
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    Re: Blatant similarities

    The saddest copy I've seen is Clive Christian C copying Tom Ford Tuscan Leather. A moderately overpriced but very good leather being pilfered to create not a similar scent, but an EXACT FRICKIN'...
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    Re: Do You Remember Your Wedding Fragrance?

    I was wearing Jicky EDP and she was wearing Dior Addict, the same scent she was wearing back when we first met. It was her signature for years and years before I got her to expand a bit, but she...
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    Re: vintage Shalimar - advice wanted

    Love love love this version (but it's the only one I have ample experience with). You can get it inexpensively, too.
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    Re: Boozy orange scent

    Escada Homme...it's a citrus booze rush that reminders me of orange brandy.

    Top Notes
    Bergamot, Lavender, Lemon, Cognac, Lime, Mandarin

    Middle Notes
    Cardamom, Sage, Juniper Berry, Thyme,...
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    Re: Refining one's collection

    I have no qualms selling on Ebay. It stinks getting less than I paid, but on the other hand, the alternative is not wearing them and getting nothing for them. So if you're not wearing them either...
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    Re: Bal Versailles...anyone?

    I must try the EDC then! I totally agree that animal notes can be and often are beautiful. Heck, some of my favorites are civet beasts like Givenchy Gentleman, Eau d'Hermes, Kouros and of course...
  52. Re: Scent Somewhat Like Creed Royal Oud, But Cheaper?

    Gucci Pour Homme is actually not a bad bet, though it's a little more austere than Royal Oud. Marry Gucci PH and Spicebomb and increase the quality several degrees, and add just dash of oud, and you...
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    Re: Bal Versailles...anyone?

    I had this problem with my bottle of vintage Shalimar EDC. I know this sounds risky, but I don't think it is: I ended heating up the bottle neck with my hand (I just held the top until the glass...
  54. Re: Looking for a VERY strong colonge that lasts with projection price range 40-100bucks

    Bogart Pour Homme
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    Re: Bought within seconds of first smelling it

    Cartier Declaration
    L'Instant Extreme

    Both turned out to be excellent buys.
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    Re: Basenoter Worst Nightmare

    Wait, maybe I'm missing something, but it sounds like you already don't wear fragrance on days when you're in the office.

    So...just wear freshly washed clothes on days when you're in the office,...
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    Re: Orientals: Universally Unisex?

    Try Caron Tabac Blond and Guerlain Cuir Beluga.
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    Re: Next purchase: Lonestar Memories or 1740?

    1740 simply because I'd wear it more. Lonestar is a great composition, but not something I'd need a bottle of.
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    Re: Rank fragrances from the house of Kenzo

    L'Eau Par and Power are the only two that suit me. Wouldn't turn down a bottle of Pour Homme, I guess. I'm just not a big aquatic fan, but it's a classic.
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    Re: How similar is Le Male to Pi?

    I'd classify Le Male as a "cool" vanilla with some soapy notes, and Pi as a "warm" vanilla with more wood and incense. Just depends on what you're after. Another to look at which is somewhat between...
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    Re: Some Like it Dry

    Halston Z-14. Dry, woody and cheap to boot.
  62. Thread: Tom Ford Noir

    by LiveJazz
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    Re: Tom Ford Noir

    I support any release that gets the mainstream perfume consumer to buy something that is, by normal standards (not ours), atypical. For the average Joe, who probably wouldn't look at or know about...
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    Re: Help me pick a sandal wood

    Tie between Tam Dao and Santal Noble depend on which approach you're attracted to: minimalist and pure (Tam Dao) and thick and complex (Santal Noble). These are miles above most other sandalwoods...
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    Re: Jicky EdP - wow!

    Jicky EDP is my all time number one favorite scent. I never went out looking for a holy grail, but one day I simply realized that Jicky EDP is it for me.

    It's awesome on so many levels it makes...
  65. Thread: Tom Ford Noir

    by LiveJazz
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    Re: Tom Ford Noir

    Sniffed this at Neiman's today. I'd be a lot more excited about it if I wasn't already familiar with Tom Ford Extreme and Habit Rouge EDP. It smells roughly like a child of those two...both in smell...
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    Re: Spraying Cologne Only On Clothes..Question

    In my experience, spraying on clothing will give greater sillage but diminished longevity.
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    Poll: Re: Prada Amber Pour Homme vs. Infusion d'Homme

    Amber by a hair. I used to prefer Infusion and I do still like it, but I've come to appreciate Amber's more graceful and nuanced approach to soap.
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    Re: Aggressive scent for buisnessman

    Agreed on Van Cleef and Arpels Pour Homme and Bois du Portugal.

    Adding YSL Pour Homme.
  69. Re: Looking for a Mix Between Bvlgari Pour Homme and Soir

    Why not try layering the two? Extreme may be what you are looking for...only one way to find out!
  70. Re: Coldest, cleanest, freshest, most dentist's office-esque LEATHER scent

    Along the same lines as Cuir Pleine Fleur, Kelly Calche by Hermes.
  71. Re: I really love the flint note in Terre d'Hermes...

    Seconded on Halston Man Amber (firecracker, especially in the opening) and Narciso Rodriguez for Him (wet concerte and cardboard, kind of)
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    Poll: Re: Hermes Rocabar or Aramis Havana?

    Haha, if this same poll was done while Havana was still rare and not yet reintroduced by Aramis, it would have trounced Rocabar.

    I still pick Havana. Light application. Rocabar is high quality...
  73. Re: So I let 2 fragrance uneducated people pick my scent for evening

    Yeah, everyone likes Code. Hell, I like it, even if it isn't terribly challenging. It smells great! Just wish it lasted longer.
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    Re: A couple questions about Bvlgari Man.

    Agreed. I can't wear it; it turns extremely sour on me.
  75. Re: Creed Bois du Portgal. Where has all the love gone?

    All I know is, BdP is fantastic, and the love should come back!

    Seriously, along with Vetiver '48, this is my favorite Creed by a very wide margin.
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    Re: Frustration...

    Yes, great fresh scent with amazing sillage and longevity.
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    Re: interesting perspective from a 11 yr old

    Sir, your 11 year old son is a gentleman and a scholar.
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    Re: Creed Original Vetiver

    It's a very enjoyable, refreshing warm weather scent. If looked at through that lens, and not as *a vetiver* with all the expectations that go along with that, it's great stuff. Far, far superior to...
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    Re: WOW! Back to Black By Kilian.

    I have to say I don't love it for myself, impressive though it may be. Some people like that thick, damp, honey-syrup feeling. I do not. But it is well made, and as a feat of perfumery, the opening...
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    Re: Spotted at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc. Vol. 3

    I saw Bvlgari Au the Rouge, 75 ml for $27.99 at Ross. I was sorely tempted, but held off.
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    Re: Are there Any Fruity or Gourmand-Ish Ouds??

    For fruity: M7 Fresh. Very fruity, that one.
  82. Re: L'artisan parfumeur 'Tea for Two' discontinued - similar scents?

    First, I agree that you should go ahead and get it while still available if you like Tea for Two. Don't want to pay Vintage Tabarome/Vetiver 48 prices for it later...which could happen, as TfT has...
  83. Re: L'artisan parfumeur 'Tea for Two' discontinued - similar scents?

    Well that's sad. Tea for Two is a fantastic scent - not many "tea orientals" around. I can't think of anything similar, but I'd trust Mikeperez above...
  84. Re: Terre d'Hermes, Guerlain Vetiver, or Chanel Sycomore? Which should I buy?

    Good choice! Just don't tell him that Chanel says it's for the ladies. :rolleyesold: Silly Chanel.
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    Re: When the chest becomes redundant...

    Normally I stick to the chest and wrists, but when I have on several layers I might mist on the outer cloth and give the neck a small shot.
  86. Re: Need a third fresh/daytime fragrance for my rotation

    L'Eau Par Kenzo
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    Re: Mont Blanc Individuel - WOW!!!!!!!!!

    Ha, this brings back memories! I used to love Individuel -thought it was my HG when I started this hobby. It gradually started to seem too sweet and too simple, but now I'd like to go back and...
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    Re: Yatagan and smoke

    I can't think of anything that really fits, but I find Yatagan to be warm as it is.
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    Re: Your latest "I eat my words" scent...

    Mine are basically a list of the most controversial scents on BN. I hated them as a newb...now I love or at least like them all:

    Kouros
    AMen
    Fahrenheit

    Oh and probably the most pronounced 180...
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    Re: Body Kouros new bottle

    Definitely an improvement. YSL was out to drive me crazy with that original bottle. Form should follow function.
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    Re: Guerlain Derby

    The first time I smelled it, I immediately thought of Equipage, but the relationship is mostly in the topnotes.

    MPG Parfum d'Habit shares some smooth leathery/green Derby qualities in the base.
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    Re: TF Grey Vetiver v Givenchy Vetyver

    Well, I will go against the grain here...I like Grey Vetiver better than Givenchy. Gasp. I like TF's barbershop quality, and honestly I find Givenchy a bit a bit bland.

    But really, neither are at...
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    Re: a fragrance that smells like ice

    I nominate Lacoste Booster...the opening, anyway.
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    Re: Is 'Back to Black' worth all that money?

    Very high quality honey/tobacco...worth it if you like that.



    Doesn't Bergdorf sell it, and doesn't Bergdorf ship intl?
  95. Re: My first impressions of Tauer's Lonestar Memories

    I am one of the ones to whom it smells like cowboys and campfires...but with mint toothpaste and maybe some barbecue thrown in. Weird stuff, but I like it. The top is just so...odd. I have never...
  96. Re: Which one is better: Santos or Van Cleef & Arpels PH ?

    I like VC&A. Nice scent, nice evolution, fun to wear.

    Santos just sits there in a big fragrant lump, not doing anything interesting. Kind of like Pasha. The 80's and early 90's was not a good...
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    Re: No Love for Dior Eau Sauvage Parfum?

    It does nothing to improve upon the original and if anything the character seems a little contorted. Something just ain't right for me; it smelled somehow stale. I guess that's the risk when you're...
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    Re: Authenticity of Pour Monsieur Concentree

    Well I'm not sure about the rest, but this is in line with my experience. My spray mechanism just stopped working recently, and the whole top of the bottle is a cheap piece of crap.
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    Re: Looking for a zen fragrance

    You mentioned Lutens as not being very Zen, and for the most part I agree, but I suggest you take a look at Chene. A dash of Lutens richness over a base of high quality wood/moss notes.

    Another...
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    Re: L'Instant vs L'Instant extreme?

    The original is good but the Extreme is just plain better...richer, but not too sweet (the cocoa is dry), longer lasting, smoother. Good stuff.
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