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  1. Re: Why is there so much love for Helmut Lang's Cuiron?

    I've had a manufacturer's sample of Cuiron for a year or two, so I'm guessing it's the latest version. Calling it a "boiling chemical vat" seems pretty fair to me--although I'm more neutral toward it...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 25th July, 2016

    Charenton Macerations: Christopher Street

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  3. Re: PureDistance M Reformulation: Now With Oakmoss!

    Thanks for posting! I figured that something like this would be the reply, though.
  4. Re: PureDistance M Reformulation: Now With Oakmoss!

    Wow, I figured that I must be the only person in the world who (slightly) prefers Black to M. Apparently I'm not alone!
  5. Re: PureDistance M Reformulation: Now With Oakmoss!

    Yeah, Kaern--it is supposed to be a big secret with Black. I guess all that can be hoped for is for someone who is very familiar with older formulations of Black try whatever the newest stuff smells...
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 24th July, 2016

    Oscar Pour Lui by Oscar de le Renta

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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 23rd July, 2016

    Amouage Epic Woman (makes for a different and unusual masculine)

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  8. Re: PureDistance M Reformulation: Now With Oakmoss!

    Yes, my guess is that I'm in the extreme minority among those who would give a slight edge to Black over M, but both are great (and admittedly quite different).

    As far as I know, it's atranol and...
  9. Re: PureDistance M Reformulation: Now With Oakmoss!

    Interesting, Dorje123. If I remember correctly, you've also been one of the few Basenotes members that (rightly, I think) has also talked up Puredistance Black in the past?

    I own and really like...
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 22nd July, 2016

    Comme des Garcons Black
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    Re: Martin de Candre Eau de Toilettes?

    Yes, the shipping costs are prohibitive, unfortunately!
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    Re: Martin de Candre Eau de Toilettes?

    I think their may be a couple USA retailers that stock their products, otherwise, one needs to order directly from France.



    Haha--I'm pretty sure that I'm among those who fell for the "BroHype"...
  13. Re: Ambroxan. Can we get it banned as a fragrance ingredient?

    Notably, Luca Turin just wrote a post relevant to this thread: powerful synthetic woods (or "woody-ambers"). https://perfumesilove.com/2016/07/22/power-tools/

    I believe I've only personally...
  14. Re: Ambroxan. Can we get it banned as a fragrance ingredient?

    I believe that Timbersilk is a trade name for Iso E Super--or at least I've always thought so.
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    Martin de Candre Eau de Toilettes?

    Martin de Candre is a pretty well-known French company in online wet shaving forums that sells a highly rated (albeit staggeringly expensive) shave soap. I recently tried the soap, and it is pretty...
  16. Re: Ambroxan. Can we get it banned as a fragrance ingredient?

    Absolutely. Norolimbanol is one that I have trouble with--and "dry splintered" is a good way to describe it. I also smelled it once (stupidly) at full concentration. It certainly packs a wallop, and...
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 21st July, 2016

    Guerlain - Habit Rouge EDP

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  18. Re: Ambroxan. Can we get it banned as a fragrance ingredient?

    This is actually a great idea to test one's tolerances to dihydromyrcenol. As with what rum was saying, sniffing Molecule 02 might also help one sort possible sensitivities to...
  19. Re: Ambroxan. Can we get it banned as a fragrance ingredient?

    This was my instinct too.

    Ambroxan smells great (I'm an amateur perfumer, and I have it in crystallized form which is subsequently diluted). Ambroxan has a warm amber smell, slightly sweet, and...
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 20th July, 2016

    By Kilian's... erm... I mean Lady Gaga's Eau de Gaga.

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    Sorry. Bottle must've confused me.
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 19th July, 2016

    Maison Francis Kurkdjian Oud

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  22. Re: It's cheap, it's crude, it's simple, it's common, but you can't get enough of it!

    Murray and Lanman Florida Water. Any of the Pinaud classics (I like the Bay Rum).

    And Brut. Current version will do fine.

    Anything sold mass-market in a plastic bottle for cheap tends to smell...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 18th July, 2016

    Diana de Silva: Ettore Bugatti (old formula)
  24. Re: romeo , romeo , where the *&%$#@%art thou

    Ugh, I'm screwing up left and right. Yes. Kaern is correct. I meant 1991 (not 1994) in my original post here. This one: http://www.basenotes.net/ID26121379.html

    That 1991 fragrance is...
  25. Re: romeo , romeo , where the *&%$#@%art thou

    Ah yes - I did some searching and saw it on the "other" fragrance site here: http://www.fragrantica.com/perfume/Romeo-Gigli/Romeo-Gigli-For-Man-22025.html

    I've never smelled that one. Sorry for my...
  26. Re: romeo , romeo , where the *&%$#@%art thou

    Gigli Man by Romeo Gigli (2004) is quite different than Romeo Gigli Per Uomo (1991).

    I think you're saying that you mistakenly bought the former? See reviews here:...
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 17th July, 2016

    Well-said - and I definitely enjoy it!
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 17th July, 2016

    That's actually a great way to describe it: "pure, beautiful, decadent indulgence"

    For me, it's just never been too comfortable to wear - I'm not classy or refined. But occasionally, I feel...
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 17th July, 2016

    Puredistance M by Puredistance

    I honestly feel a bit silly and pretentious whenever I wear it, though.

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  30. Re: Aus Liebe Zum Duft/First in Fragrance - Where have they gone?

    Sounds frustrating, Akahina. I'll also add Robert Nederveen to the list of alternative European shopping sites at www.nederveencosmetics.nl - I've had excellent service from them.



    That was a...
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    Re: Basenotes mantra

    Um, it depends here. Are you talking only about the latest formulation of Exceptional Because You Are? Because that fragrance is seriously a shadow of it's former self.

    The 1999 version was...
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 16th July, 2016

    Serge Lutens - Bois et Musc
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 15th July, 2016

    It's modern, inoffensive, has the buzzy-generic-wood thing in the dry down, smells good, and is utterly dull. I happen to really like it:

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    When only safe, pleasant...
  34. Re: Most underrated and least talked about Men's Fragrances ever...

    You might look into Ferre by Gianfranco Ferre for women, especially if you can find it cheap. It's discontinued, but a close relative of Iris Poudre. I actually prefer it to the Malle. It was easily...
  35. Re: COTY Raw Vanilla - Cologne Spray VS Aftershave Splash

    No problem. Hopefully somebody with first-hand experience can say for sure if they're different.
  36. Re: COTY Raw Vanilla - Cologne Spray VS Aftershave Splash

    Just going by a few eBay sellers, it does look like the aftershave version is lighter in color. For example, see them side by side:
    ...
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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 14th July, 2016

    Happy birthday!

    As for me, today it's Annick Goutal's Les Nuits d'Hadrien. Really great... while it lasts (which unfortunately isn't long).

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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 13th July, 2016

    L'Artisan Parfumeur's Safran Troublant

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    Re: Masculine Iris?

    Divine's l'homme de Coeur immediately comes to mind. Masculine but refined iris.

    +1 for Dior Homme and Le Labo's Iris.

    Lutens' Iris Silver Mist is a very impressive fragrance and worth looking...
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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 12th July, 2016

    Fendi Palazzo

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    Interestingly, I just realized that powdery fougere aspect of Fendi Palazzo actually reminds me quite a bit of Boy Chanel.
  41. Re: My thoughts on 25 mostly niche samples I just received

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on all these!

    Just to be clear, Narciso Rodriguez leans heavily on violet leaf rather than violet. Violet leaf (and violet leaf accords) tend to smell very crisp,...
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    Re: Dame Perfumery of Scottsdale AZ

    Just to add that Leather Man is a well-done fragrance too. It's one of those hyper-modern leathers rather than a classic leather - in the ballpark of something like Helmut Lang's Cuiron. It might be...
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    Re: Dame Perfumery of Scottsdale AZ

    Yeah Buysblind, see if you pick up any coconut - reminiscent of German chocolate cake with the coconut frosting, or one of those Samoa Girl Scout cookies. Of course, Chocolate Man is basically just...
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    Re: SOTD: Monday, 11th July, 2016

    Charenton Macerations: Asphalt Rainbow

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    Re: Dame Perfumery of Scottsdale AZ

    I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned the blaring coconut aspect of Dame's Chocolate Man. For me, it's as if somebody mashed a coconut Mounds candy bar into a wet brownie batter.

    A hardcore...
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 10th July, 2016

    Lush: Kerbside Violet

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  47. Re: Any of these worthy of a blind buy / bottle worthy?

    These are solid fragrances. My pick is probably Kenzo Jungle Homme of the three (although I don't own it anymore), which is a sort of milky fresh-spicy thing (lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom)....
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 9th July, 2016

    Dame Perfumery: Black Flower Mexican Vanilla

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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 8th July, 2016

    Puredistance Black

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    Re: SOTD: Thursday, 7th July, 2016

    Kenzo Power EDT

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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, 6th July, 2016

    Annick Goutal - Nuit Etoilee EDP

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    Re: SOTD: Tuesday, 5th July, 2016

    Acqua di Parma Colonia Assoluta

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    Re: New Amouage - Myths

    I have one of those official Amouage samples of Myths Man, and I admit that I really enjoy it.

    In my mind before I received it, I pictured something like the smoke from Interlude over a Dior Homme...
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    Re: SOTD: Sunday, 3rd July, 2016

    Comme des Garcons Monocle Scent One: Hinoki

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  55. Re: It's Kouros Night at Château Redneck - Who Will Join Me?

    I did do 3 sprays of Kouros about an hour ago in solidarity, Red!

    In the meantime, my 5 year old daughter woke up, so I had to rock her back to sleep. I swear she said (while half-asleep): "Daddy...
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 2nd July, 2016

    Agreed - I always thought this was strange on Fragrantica since Yurman Limited and Tribute don't smell remotely similar to me either. Still, I've always liked the Yurman on its own merits.
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, 2nd July, 2016

    Yohji Homme (original release)

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    Re: SOTD: Friday, 1st July, 2016

    Amouage Myths Man

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  59. Re: Perfumery connoisseurs ... as Luca Turin , Chandler Burr

    Awesome, Red. I saw the preliminary list on your blog. Great idea!



    Hahahaha - well-played, Cook.bot. Well-played.
  60. Re: Perfumery connoisseurs ... as Luca Turin , Chandler Burr

    Haha, hilarious! Word has it that Jack Mason/FruitDiet is working on a book. I suggest that people urge him on in this endeavor (even if I personally fall into the "left wing academic" category he...
  61. Re: Perfumery connoisseurs ... as Luca Turin , Chandler Burr

    +1 for Jack Mason's Civet Cinema - one of my favorites (as long as one is okay with provocative stuff). He doesn't write often, but he's always interesting when he does. More than just a fragrance...
  62. Re: Sandalwood - modern, rich, creamy - like the bases of RO & RM? What should I try?

    I have to basically agree with every word of this (although I do think Royal Oud is a decent woody-cedar fragrance). MBI and OS are more evocative of the dryer sheets I use than of sandalwood. If...
  63. Re: Perfumery connoisseurs ... as Luca Turin , Chandler Burr

    Well, a "community member" blog that is "less of a connoisseur" thing sounds great to me - I think we need more of those!

    My old blog is long gone (old stayathomedadfindsacologne.com and...
  64. Re: Which Tom Ford Private Blend? Italian Cypress, Noir de Noir, or Tuscan Leather?

    Yes, this was my understanding. Plum Japonais is close to the Andy Warhol by Bond, which is itself a variation on the original Feminite du Bois. If that's the case, then Plum Japonais isn't really...
  65. Re: SP Parfums? Parfums Sven Pritzkoleit - any feedback?

    Oh thanks for the link - Turin's blog must be how the site ended up on my bookmarks list to begin with. Lignum Vitae sounds interesting to me (I think the Beaufort London line has one by the same...
  66. Re: SP Parfums? Parfums Sven Pritzkoleit - any feedback?

    Well, apparently one can't have everything.
  67. SP Parfums? Parfums Sven Pritzkoleit - any feedback?

    I have this German site bookmarked: Parfums Sven Pritzkoleit.

    https://www.sp-parfums.de/ueber-mich/

    Has anybody tried any of these yet? The brand looks endearingly anti-luxury and the perfumer...
  68. Re: Perfumery connoisseurs ... as Luca Turin , Chandler Burr

    Redneck is apparently too modest to plug his own blog, so I'll do it for him. Lots of good stuff there: https://cologniac.wordpress.com

    Shamu's Pour Monsieur blog is well worth checking out (did...
  69. Re: A mainstream / crowd pleaser "woody" scent? $50 max

    Great suggestion, and one of my all-time favorite fragrances at any price point.
  70. Re: How many sprays can you get out of a 1ML sample?

    5-12, depending on the sprayer. I usually say 8.
  71. Re: A mainstream / crowd pleaser "woody" scent? $50 max

    +1 on Muger's Pure Wood. Dark Temptation is quite sweet, I think? Then he might like Pure Wood, since it's basically a caramel, powdery- (overly?) sweet wood fragrance.
  72. Re: Which Tom Ford Private Blend is my best choice when I already have these...

    Plum Japonais is unique? Hmmm. I only tried it once, but it struck me as a rehash of Sheseido's Feminite du Bois? No? Now I'm wondering if I missed something with this one.
  73. Re: A lounge just for us "Over sprayers" to discuss our SOTD and how many sprays were needed.

    You guys are total amateurs. I just broke off the top of my bottle of Interlude Man with my teeth, and drank the whole thing. Beat that, lightweights.

    Kidding. This thread is always interesting...
  74. Re: Your favorite 'Hidden Gem' (just 1) from your wardrobe!

    I'm probably inclined to agree with this. I wonder about possible explanations. Is it perhaps because the French houses have become so interested in broad mass-appeal that it dilutes their own...
  75. Re: Still Life in Rio...the only niche flanker?

    Rien Intense Incense comes to mind from Etat Libre d'Orange.
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    Re: best fragrance from Guerlain?

    Chamade and l'Apres l'Ondee aren't getting enough love in this thread. Along with Jicky and Mouchoir de Monsieur, these are probably my fav Guerlains.

    Song d'Un Bois d'Ete is great (and I like...
  77. Re: Your favorite 'Hidden Gem' (just 1) from your wardrobe!

    Romeo Gigli Per Uomo (1991) immediately came to mind. Perhaps not one of my absolute favorites, but really well done, and prices have apparently skyrocketed.

    With all the mentions of Ettore...
  78. Re: Which Fragrance House Do You Have Most From ?

    Chanel.
  79. Re: Histoires de parfums This is not a blue bottle

    Just a heads up that Parfum1.com stocks This is Not a Blue Bottle, and they have 20% off codes floating around.

    I've been looking to try this fragrance since cacio mentioned it, but I haven't gone...
  80. Re: Just out of the shower revitalised feeling??

    Beyond the usual citruses, eau de colognes, soapy fragrances, and minty fresh ones, I think very dry incenses work for the fresh and "revitalized" thing too.

    Maybe something dry, austere, and...
  81. Re: A friend of mine wears Donald Trump The Fragrance

    All well-said, Red! Agreed on all that. Also, I'm glad you took the time to test-drive the Trump scents on your blog and give them a fair shake.



    This made me literally "lol." Clever :P
  82. Re: A friend of mine wears Donald Trump The Fragrance

    Interesting thread resurrection.



    Absolutely. I really like SJP's Lovely a lot. I have easily confused it with Narciso Rodriguez for Her in passing. I bought it... erm... for my five year old...
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    Re: Hermes bel ami vetiver is SICK

    Hahaha. Good one :P

    This soap sounded familiar, so I Googled. Apparently, the soap itself is based on a 1921 fragrance called Maja by Myrurgia? I wonder if that one smells anything like Bel Ami...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    I've always liked Ormonde Man a lot. Have you tried Ormonde Woman? I've always slightly preferred the latter for some reason.



    Yes, I guess I feel the same way about Miyako--I went a few days...
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    Poll: Re: Gucci Envy for Men vs Chanel Egoiste

    +1. I actually prefer Carven Homme to Gucci Envy. The Carven is smoother, a bit less green than Envy and doesn't have any of the harshness I sometimes get from it.

    Then again, maybe I'm strange....
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    Re: Hermes bel ami vetiver is SICK

    Whoa. I just had a flashback to 1995. Hilarious!

    Bel Ami Vetiver is pretty good. For some reason, I've always felt it has a similar "feel" (although NOT a similar smell) to something that never...
  87. Re: Histoires De Parfums, 1740 "Marquis de Sade" ...HO! LEE! MOLY!!!

    To me, this is one of the greats in the HdP line. Technically, I always thought of it as very skilled too: the immortelle is woven into the fragrance in a way that finally made me think of that...
  88. Re: 2016 Art & Olfaction Awards Basenotes feedback? And Auphorie Miyako...

    True, I heard some talk about the price increase--although the current price apparently includes free worldwide shipping and perhaps didn't before? I'm not 100% sure though. In any case, I envy your...
  89. Re: 2016 Art & Olfaction Awards Basenotes feedback? And Auphorie Miyako...

    So it really does evoke a theme park ride? I sort of enjoy that strange smell that I've noticed at places like Universal Studios and Disney. To me, it smells ozonic, plasticky, and air-conditioned....
  90. Re: 2016 Art & Olfaction Awards Basenotes feedback? And Auphorie Miyako...

    Good point. I thought about this too, especially as my bottle of Miyako is in the simpler newer-style bottle (which doesn't look as nice as the old one, to be honest--although I've only see pictures...
  91. Re: 2016 Art & Olfaction Awards Basenotes feedback? And Auphorie Miyako...

    YES! I couldn't agree with you more about Naz and the Perfume Shoppe! All in all it was a great visit to Vancouver, and Naz was definitely one of the highlights.

    Thanks for your recommendations...
  92. Re: 2016 Art & Olfaction Awards Basenotes feedback? And Auphorie Miyako...

    Very cool that you were at the awards! Out of curiosity, any personal favorites or recommendations?

    Btw, you're from Vancouver area? I was there for the first time last month. I met Naz at the...
  93. Re: 2016 Art & Olfaction Awards Basenotes feedback? And Auphorie Miyako...

    Appreciate your perspective, and I agree that hype is something to be wary of. Any thoughts/comparisons on Eternal Voyage or Regal Secret? Haven't tried those.

    I did try the other one from...
  94. 2016 Art & Olfaction Awards Basenotes feedback? And Auphorie Miyako...

    A few threads have been posted about Auphorie's Miyako and Zoologist's Bat, but I've been wondering if members have experience/feedback with any of the other nominees or winners of the 2016 Art &...
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    Re: Looking Some Advice On Thierry Mulger ?

    This made me laugh, and is spot-on. Pure Havane does seem to take some... uhm... "artistic license" on the tobacco interpretation. But "Pure Maraschino Cherry" doesn't have a nice ring to it and was...
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    Re: Boy Chanel in tha house!!!!!

    Boy Chanel is a powdery fougere, so for me, it has more in common with Brut/Canoe fougeres than Caron Pour Un Homme/Caron Impact/Taste of Heaven fougeres. It also has none of the animalics of Jicky...
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    Re: Sycomore? more like SICK-omore

    Well, speaking only for myself (and I mentioned this in another thread), it's as if Chanel re-worked Brut. The current version of Brut still smells great (classic powdery lavender), but maybe it's a...
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    Re: Sycomore? more like SICK-omore

    I'm also a big fan of Boy Chanel. Great fragrance.
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    Re: Today I bought June 2016

    Can I ask where you found this one? I've been looking for it for years. Ebay in Norway? In any case, congrats! I'm super jealous. I love that fragrance, but never owned it. Apparently it was never a...
  100. Re: what is the most unique fragrance you have ever encountered

    I emailed Beaufort London about a month ago, asking about samples. Leo Crabtree himself sent a very kind email back in response (directing me to Twisted Lily for the samples in the USA, which I...
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