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    Re: Fragrance recommendations for a sister

    Update:

    I got the samples a few days ago. I saw my sister today and had her try them. I figured she would select Something Blue by Oscar de la Renta ... and she did. I was careful not to indicate...
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    Re: Just received a SECOND fake Tom Ford sample

    Exactly. That is the true loss of it all. That, and wasted time. *sigh
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    Re: Just received a SECOND fake Tom Ford sample

    The sellers in question had tons of legit sales (ebay-based sellers). I'm going to guess they themselves got duped. The money involved is small potatoes, so it's not the money that I'm frustrated...
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    Just received a SECOND fake Tom Ford sample

    Folks, be careful, it's the Wild West out there. I ordered a sample of TF Noir Anthracite and it just arrived in the mail. I sprayed it on skin but immediately had to scrub it off. It just reeked of...
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    Re: Enhancing projection...... myths

    I use a "variable height" strategy, depending on the fragrance and what I want to use it for. For example, I often wear Encre Noire on my lower chest/abdomen and I use it as a "deodorant+". I then...
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    Re: Smelled on the Street

    Caught a whiff of this at work today (not on me, though I have it). It's unmistakable.
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    Re: Fragrance recommendations for a sister

    So many great recommendations in this thread. Some of them I'm planning to sample at local department stores (depending on availability), but here's a raft of samples I just sent out for, based on...
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    Re: Fragrance recommendations for a sister

    Added to my list.
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    Re: Fragrance recommendations for a sister

    Thank you for all the suggestions (and keep 'em coming, not all of this stuff is easy to find... *sigh) Her birthday is beginning of Feb, so I still have a few weeks. My goal is to order a raft of...
  10. Re: How to ask what perfume a coworker is wearing?

    Alright, simple enough. I think I was overthinking it...
  11. Re: More info on fake Tom Ford Italian Cypress bottles

    I'm kinda bummed out because I'm about 95% sure I got a fake TF IC sample... I'm a little bummed at the lost $10 but mainly bummed that I haven't gotten to sample the original scent. What I received...
  12. Re: On the cheap side ultra masculine fragrances that still smell excellent?

    What an excellent thread. By way of contribution (I can't make any original contributions, really), here is a sorted compilation of the fragrances mentioned so far (I think I got them all):
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  13. How to ask what perfume a coworker is wearing?

    Background: I'm male and I work in a lab with a variety of genders. There is one lady there (she is married) who wears this astounding perfume. I have never smelled anything like that, ever. I'm in...
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    OK, that seals the deal on Azzaro PH... it's been dancing near the top of my list for a couple weeks now, time to pull the trigger. I may still do a blind-buy for the Bogart Story Green (also, the...
  15. Re: On the cheap side ultra masculine fragrances that still smell excellent?

    I really enjoy your reviews, so I dug into this one. I'm kind of floating through the post-millenial hyperspace where I want a masculine scent that has a spine and is not afraid to have an opinion......
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    Re: Thoughts on "occasion" perfumes?

    I'm still in the early stages of my exploration but I tend to follow a few personal protocols:

    - I keep at least one fragrance set aside as my designated "special occasions only" fragrance. Right...
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    Re: What is the best long lasting perfume?

    Are you able to order from ebay? If so, I recommend Lalique Encre Noire. This perfume is primarily vetiver and incense, both of which are perfume ingredients that originate from your country, so you...
  18. Re: Challenge: Your recommended $250 beginner collection

    Thanks much!
  19. Challenge: Your recommended $250 beginner collection

    I just watched a YT video based on this idea and I found it really helpful. But I know that BN folks are a wealth of information on fragrances, so thought I'd throw out this fun challenge to see what...
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    Re: Fragrance recommendations for a sister

    Wow, thanks for this list. Will check it out.
  21. Re: Is there anything closer to Rive Gauche than Azzaro PH?

    Yes, I wear Prada LRC whenever I want to smell super-fresh. It doesn't pull any punches, but I don't know how it compares to Sauvage (I don't own/wear that fragrance). LRC has the virtue of being...
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    Re: Fragrance recommendations for a sister

    Awesome, definitely going to check this one out.
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    Re: Fragrance recommendations for a sister

    Thanks.
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    Re: I Need a (Scent) Hero

    I recommend D&G The One for Men. I wear this perfume whenever I want to project a really formal and serious aura (an interview or a first-date are examples of where I will rock the D&G) but there's...
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    Re: 36 and still no signature scent

    Update to my update: So, I was in the mall today and stopped by the women's fragrance counter to grab a quick sniff of J'Adore. Sadly, I must withdraw my prior recommendation. I'm not going to pan...
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    Re: Fragrance recommendations for a sister

    This sounds like it could be a winner... added to my must-sample list...
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    Re: Fragrance recommendations for a sister

    Thanks, I will be checking out those recommendations. What would your top suggestion be, regardless of florals, that is, just given the other constraints?
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    Re: Fragrance recommendations for a sister

    Thanks, I will try to get a sniff of this.
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    Re: Fragrance recommendations for a sister

    I'm sure she will enjoy any kind of quality floral but my preferences (which I am guessing she will share since we grew up together) are: (a) florals that create a "rose mixed-bouquet"; not just the...
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    Fragrance recommendations for a sister

    I'm looking to purchase a fragrance for my sister as a birthday present. She's a mom of young kids, a little bit "country girl" and she likes florals. I'm trying to hit the designer price-range (say,...
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    Re: Tom Ford Private Blend reformulation

    Apparently, a treated form of oakmoss is now available, so I would imagine that all the major perfumers must be putting it in their formulations.
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    Re: Modern powerhouse men's frags?

    Most of the items in your list are on my "to-test/sample" list... but this one I'm especially curious about. I tested YSL PH the other day and I was stunned by its artistry. YSL clearly has some...
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    Re: Modern powerhouse men's frags?

    I own and love this. Nuclear projection. It is designated unisex and I think it deserves that designation because there is nothing in the fragrance that is specifically male. The leather note is a...
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    Re: Modern powerhouse men's frags?

    I saw in a video recently that there is a new treatment process for oakmoss that allows the irritant in oakmoss targeted by IFRA to be stripped out, so hopefully we'll see a revival of fragrances...
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    Re: Modern powerhouse men's frags?

    This is now on my samples to-order list...
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    Re: Modern powerhouse men's frags?

    I think this is the subject I'm really trying to broach but without getting into the "ugly" side of it. Are there specific ingredients/notes that have gone out of favor in men's designer fragrances...
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    Re: 36 and still no signature scent

    Disclaimer: I'm male.

    J'Adore by Christian Dior. This perfume is super sexy. One whiff sends me instantly down memory lane. I can't imagine any man not liking it. One caveat is that it's in that...
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    Modern powerhouse men's frags?

    Background: I was reminiscing today about Faberge Brut aftershave. Like many people, I have memories of this frag going back to childhood. I've owned a few bottles of this in the past, although I...
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    Re: New Pampers baby diaper smell?

    It's been ages since I've opened a baby-diaper (my children are in high-school) so I can't give you a specific answer. The generic answer to help you in your search is that most scented baby diapers...
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    Re: Samples to get an idea of what I like ?

    I don't know if they ship to Germany but I've used:

    https://www.perfumesamplesanddecants.com/
    https://www.luckyscent.com/

    ... and ebay, with decent success. I'd much rather drop $5-$7 on...
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    Re: Tom Ford - Top 5?

    1) OL18
    2) Noir
    3) Noir de Noir
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    Re: Just ordered a raft of samples...

    Update 3: OK, turns out that the Bvlgari PHS didn't get porch-pirated (yay!), the poor, overloaded postal delivery person accidentally delivered it to the neighbor... and the neighbor just delivered...
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    Re: Just ordered a raft of samples...

    That's what I keep hearing. My next raft of samples may include OW and Tobacco Oud. I've carefully checked for any mention of objectionable animalic notes and I don't see anything, so...
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    Re: Just ordered a raft of samples...

    Agreed. Of the three I mentioned, the TDH is the least objectionable to me. It's OK that the fragrance goes on with an animalic "BO" note that "blends out" later on. But TF OWI, no can do... that...
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    Re: Just ordered a raft of samples...

    Update 2: Got the rest of it, except the TF Fougere Platine (will be here soon) and the Bvlgari PH Soir which apparently got porch-pirated... slightly terrifying since I live quite a ways off the...
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    Re: Non-perfumer wants to learn notes...

    Thanks, that's exactly the kind of thing I was looking for... bookmarked!
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    Re: Just ordered a raft of samples...

    I'm in the US. So far, I've used:

    https://www.perfumesamplesanddecants.com/
    https://www.luckyscent.com/

    ... and ebay. It's a little bit of a crap-shoot in terms of availability.
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    Re: Layerer's Lounge

    I am not a fan of a l'Extreme but I love Encre Noir original and due to its ultra-fresh floral, yet slightly earthy, drydown, I think it makes a versatile base for layering. I tried Prada Luna Rossa...
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    Non-perfumer wants to learn notes...

    So, basically what the title says, except I want to do it without breaking the bank. I'm wondering if slowly acquiring some bottles of essential oils having the various notes I would like to learn is...
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    Re: Just ordered a raft of samples...

    Update 1: OL just arrived. I think it's OL18 but can't be sure because I just bought a bundle of OL samples that were on discount. All the folio holding each sample says is: "Tom Ford Ombre Leather...
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    Absolutely. I'm male and I have this but it always strikes me as completely unisex. This fragrance has a very "earth-y" feel to it, I think the overall affect is like sniffing the dirt in a...
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    Re: Just ordered a raft of samples...

    I really need to go down to the department store and test TL. I'm sure I'll like it. I'm already in love with OL. In fact, there isn't a TF fragrance that I've tested and haven't liked. The...
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    Re: Just ordered a raft of samples...

    That's OK. I have a spot open for a daily-driver, as well as a formal wear (I think TF Ombre Leather will suit this spot, at least, for now). I ordered an Arso sample after getting a couple...
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    Re: Just ordered a raft of samples...

    This is the only truly "blind" buy in the list. Everything else came from a specific recommendation or from sampling testers in the department stores.



    Awesome. That puts it in the running for...
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    Re: Just ordered a raft of samples...

    Kind of random, lol. I got some recommendations on woody scents from BN. I had a wish-list of TF's I wanted to get. I got a steal on the TDH so just had to order it, and the Rogue Perfumery was a...
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    Re: Just ordered a raft of samples...

    Really looking forward to this one. I tested it by chance and was struck with its "garage" affect, for lack of a better term. It's pretty daring so still not sure I would want to actually wear it, so...
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    Re: Just ordered a raft of samples...

    Oops, copy/paste error on the last line:

    Terre d'Hermès Eau Très Fraîche Cologne
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    Just ordered a raft of samples...

    Amouage - Journey Man EDP
    Profumum Roma - Arso EDP
    Rogue Perfumery - Fougere L’Aube EDT
    TOM FORD - Fougere Platine EDP
    TOM FORD - Noir de Noir EDP
    TOM FORD - Oud Wood Intense EDP
    Tom Ford -...
  59. Re: Newbie looking for fragrance recommendations with specific criteria

    Thanks everyone! Unfortunately, I don't have edit privileges on OP, so here's the summary:

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    Amouage Journey Man
    Comme des Garçons
    - Artek Standard
    - Monocle Scent Three: Sugi
    -...
  60. Newbie looking for fragrance recommendations with specific criteria

    Let me describe my "dream fragrance." I love woody fragrances but not just any kind. I am from the Northwest United States where we have a lot of evergreen forest... there is no scent more clean,...
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