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  1. Re: Which Tom Ford beast performance are in 2020?

    I've not smelled any Tom Ford that gives 10 hours.
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    Re: thoughts on current bulgari black

    That's how my wife's newish bottle was initially. Now it's super rubbery.
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    Re: thoughts on current bulgari black

    It was discontinued. Probably because of the latest IFRA restrictions.
  4. Re: Eau Sauvage Parfum 2017 and Beau de Jour Signature

    Beau de Jour is living up to its role as "Rive Gauche 2.0" by becoming the new Rorschach blot of fougeres. It resembles everything and nothing.
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    Re: thoughts on current bulgari black

    I've been on a Menardo sample quest lately. Nobody working today has a better handle on how to implement vanilla.

    Even her low-budget stuff (like Roma Uomo Cedro) still finds ways to incorporate a...
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    Re: thoughts on current bulgari black

    I try to be careful when suggesting anything about maceration or fragrances "opening up," but the present-day Bvlgari Black may need a little time to breathe to come into its own.

    The first few...
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    Re: Mancera Red Tobacco

    Mystery Tobacco is unique. A very "Tom Ford"-y take on tobacco (those dark synthwoods!) but without Tom Ford's usual "Get a load of this!" bombast; it's dark and dry with a nice cigar tobacco note....
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    Re: Mancera Red Tobacco

    I hate Red Tobacco, but it seems to be popular.
  9. Re: Obscure vintage masterpieces - what do you think they are?

    I think it's lovely.

    Alas, it's the one fragrance I own that my wife dislikes on me.
  10. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    Not sure. My pre-2014 "Michael Kors" bottle is supposedly from 2013.
  11. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    I have both the "vintage" versions (both the "Michael for Men" and one of the pre-2014 "Michael Kors for Men" bottles). I did a side by side and they smell essentially the same to me, for what it's...
  12. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    Parfums Givenchy is the first version of the fragrance. This would've been an earlier bottle.
  13. Re: Looking For A Great *Designer* Coffee Cologne - Any Recommendations?

    O BOTICÁRIO
    COFFEE MAN

    Somewhat generic opening, but a killer mid and drydown. Earthy (i.e. mostly unsweetened and soil-like) cacao, coffee, and tobacco.
  14. Re: Your 2020 Summer Rotation Selections?

    Acqua di Parma Colonia Assoluta
    An EDC with legs. Bitter orange and soapy florals.

    Aramis Havana
    A humid afternoon and evening in pre-Castro Cuba.

    Bvlgari pour Homme Soir
    Citrus and green...
  15. Re: Are You Passionate About Style/Fashion/Grooming As Much As Fragrance?

    I'm contemptuous of the "luxury tax" in general.
  16. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    I think the plastic lid looks cheaper on the 2014 bottles, but looks decent on my vintage bottles.
  17. Re: Suggestions for a good 'Suede' fragrance?

    It's well made, but Fumerie Turque is really weird in that "niche-y" sort of way, and is considerably more likely to inspire polarized responses than the likes of Chergui.
  18. Re: Guerlain Jicky is Disgusting, Horrible and Vile, OMG

    I'm no expert, but the real ambergris I'm acquainted with is hard to describe, since ambergris is unique, but kinda salty-metallic-luminous-breezy?
  19. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    Not sure. What's the batch code on the bottle?
  20. Re: Guerlain Jicky is Disgusting, Horrible and Vile, OMG

    Real ambergris, like oud, has a variety of aromas and textures, some more animalic and some less so.
  21. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    I like the bottle design.

    The faux-marble top, silver rim, heavy glass, and golden juice looks elegant, in that sort of "contemporary marble and steel table, probably purchased from Crate &...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    C A R O L I N A
    H E R R E R A
    F O R
    M E N
    (1991; mine is a 2006 bottle)

    My bottle is either opening up a bit since it got a few sprays, or context is shifting perception (or both), but with...
  23. Re: Are You Passionate About Style/Fashion/Grooming As Much As Fragrance?

    I enjoy clothing and grooming, though I'm not obsessive about either and generally have contempt for the "designer upcharge" one has to pay for brand cachet (which does not come hand in hand with...
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    Re: Most animalic that you enjoy?

    A friend sent me the original formulation of Histoires de Parfums 1740 Marquis de Sade and, whoa, it's a full-bodied monster (somewhat removed from the current version, which is still a bold thing...
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    Re: Should I buy Aramis Aramis

    I suggested the OP would probably enjoy it based on the specific leanings of his wardrobe.

    As for me, while I've owned many Aramis bottles over the years, I've never owned the 1966 original or...
  26. Re: Could I get some feedback on Eau Sauvage EDP please?

    Yeah, I don't know of an Eau Sauvage EDP!
  27. Re: Puig Quorum versus YSL Rive Gauche Pour Homme

    Rive Gauche is the Rorschach inkblot of fougeres.

    That said, I can see what you're picking up on.
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    Re: New Pasha Perfume any try it yet?

    I think it's really nicely made, especially if you like sandalwood (and I do), but it's also the case that I ending up swapping out my bottle and haven't really missed it.

    It's destined to become...
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    Re: New Pasha Perfume any try it yet?

    It's 70% about woody, synthetic sandalwood. The other 30% is fir balsam, some light spices, and a little bit of sweetness in the base. It's mostly about creamy warmth rather than what I think of as...
  30. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    I got mine secondhand from a Basenoter, so I didn't pay full price.

    The quality is there. I find it a little less versatile than Michael for Men, so I don't wear it as often.
  31. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    You would recognize the similarity right away.

    Frank No. 2 is like a very good Michael for Men flanker; it shares some DNA but goes its own way. Michael for Men: Los Angeles Nights.
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    Re: Should I buy Aramis Aramis

    Looking at your wardrobe, I don't think you'll find Aramis dated.

    (Keep in mind that Frenchy famously hates Aramis, so he's kinda biased against it.)
  33. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    There's no tobacco in Frank No. 2. They have a similar plum opening and overall vibe, but they're built around different notes.
  34. Re: The official Ralph Lauren Polo Green thread

    Stubby sprayer:

    126427
  35. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    There isn't another tobacco scent like Michael for Men. Believe me, I've looked high and low.
  36. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    Cheers. I can't take credit; ZC put it on my radar.
  37. Re: ‘Uncle’ fragrances/aftershaves

    I would assume the term was synonymous with "dad cologne," which is to say a scent from either one or two generations prior to that of current generation of twentysomethings. Maybe the suggestion is...
  38. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    To build a brand well requires insight, patience, diligence, and luck.

    Michael Kors got greedy and became a midmarket department store designer churning out cheap clothes and watches, not unlike...
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    Re: Rémy Latour Cigarillo

    I only know the current Cigar. I'll pick up a vintage (it's cheap enough and I do wear this one a lot) and do a side-by-side comparison.
  40. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    That would be the 2014 re-release.
  41. Re: Could I get some feedback on Eau Sauvage EDP please?

    Just for the benefit of other readers, I'll say that I don't really agree with this take, and think that the current EDT's relationship to the vintage is clear.

    It's now a bit fresher, cleaner,...
  42. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    It was a seamless relaunch. More of a Dior Homme 2020 situation.
  43. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    They even renamed the original at the end of its lifespan to "Michael Kors for Men" prior to the relaunch.
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    Re: The last bottle you finished

    I've got enough to keep me wearing Michael Kors for a few years.
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    Re: Similar to Carolina Herrera for Men

    Then what similarity do you pick up between Ungaro III and Herrera for Men?

    To me, Herrera for Men is a metallic floral thing, ala Platinum Egoïste, with an herbal clove and tobacco drydown. Kind...
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    Re: Similar to Carolina Herrera for Men

    Does Ungaro III have that metallic floral thing going on?
  47. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    Well, when Michael for Men was first produced, it was made by Givenchy for Michael Kors.
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    Re: The last bottle you finished

    I just wiped out a 1 oz bottle of Michael for Men (vintage).
  49. Re: Michael For Men by Michael Kors - Does anyone still wear this?

    Yeah, the 2014 version could be marketed as the EDT to the 2001's EDP. They are not worlds apart, though I think there's a distinction in quality.

    The 2014 release seemed like a conscious attempt...
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    Re: Smoky chestnut honey frag?

    MAC Velvet Teddy or Phaedon Tabac Rouge would be good options (very similar smoky/woody honey notes).
  51. [CONUS] The Brooks Otterlake Swap Thread Returns

    Hi all!

    Anyone up for some swaps? I've got lots of new stuff I'm looking to trade.

    I ship to CONUS addresses using UPS Ground (so no P.O. boxes, alas).

    BENTLEY for Men Intense
    Perfumer...
  52. Re: Ultimate 5 fragrance wardrobe

    If reduced to five options, versatility would become a prized asset, so, going with my gut:

    CASWELL-MASSEY Supernatural Number Six

    HERMÈS Eau des Merveilles

    HOUBIGANT Fougère Royale
    ...
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    Re: Rémy Latour Cigarillo

    Yeah, Commander seems to have been discontinued. The supply online isn't too plentiful.
  54. Re: L'Occitane 2.5oz bottles anyone tried them?

    I did try it recently and found it a bit different than I remembered. Not necessarily better or worse, just different.
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    Re: Rémy Latour Cigarillo

    I described it above:

    Cigarillo is much darker and more direct, like a "after midnight" take on the sunnier original. It opens with a very dark, boozy fruitiness, like a "black rum" take on the...
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    Re: Rémy Latour Cigarillo

    Yes, I think so.
  57. Re: Insurrection II Wild Appreciation Thread

    I expected to dislike this, but the strong medicinal feeling of this one turned out to be pretty appealing to me.

    That medicinal quality, along with the aromatic green-woody backbone, keeps it...
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    Re: Rémy Latour Cigarillo

    Thanks for digging that up, Hednic. I'd been wondering what the official notes list was.
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    Re: Rémy Latour Cigarillo

    Yeah. I've tried two of those Cuba things, which are mostly cheap clones. Kinda hated them.

    The Rémy Latours I've tried are a different quality grade: Cigar, Cigarillo, and Cigar Commander. All...
  60. Re: 10 Relatively NEW Designers Worth Sampling: Help Please!

    Have you actually tried Cartier L'Envol EDP? I'm unclear from your post. That's a 10/10 modern designer masculine in my book, so try it if you haven't. (Pasha Parfum is good, too, and perhaps less...
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    Re: Rémy Latour Cigarillo

    Commander is significantly more focused on tobacco, with a richer, deeper tobacco note than Burberry London.
  62. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    R E Y A N E
    T R A D I T I O N
    I N S U R R E C T I O N
    I I
    W I L D

    I thought I'd try this and immediately put it out for a swap, but this is very interesting, actually. It's brighter and more...
  63. Re: Following the success of TF's Beau de Jour, are we about to enter an era of the 'nouveau fougere

    I see Gucci Memoire primarily as an attempt to market a Jo Malone-y green scent to the designer tier. Marketed as unisex or no, I don't think it's going to be a hit with the crowd that would...
  64. Re: Following the success of TF's Beau de Jour, are we about to enter an era of the 'nouveau fougere

    The 1990s fresh, fruity fougeres ended up dovetailing into the quasi-gourmand movement (there's stuff like Le Male, but it was a full-on trend at the end of the 90s with stuff like Rochas Man and you...
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    Re: Carolina Herrera "Herrera for Men"

    If that's the case, it's a safe bet that you'll find a lot to like here.
  66. Re: Fragrance suggestions per Olfactive families

    Caron pour Un Homme

    Creed Bois du Portugal

    Houbigant Fougère Royale
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    Re: Carolina Herrera "Herrera for Men"

    So, maybe someone will see this who knows something. My "vintage" isn't original formulation, but from 2006.

    With a fragrance that's been around for three decades it's likely it saw multiple...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    With a fragrance that's been around for three decades it's likely it saw multiple formulations.

    Digging through the archives (which I did for a bit before grabbing a bottle, but am doing more...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    All the posts I could find here (or anywhere, for that matter) talking about reformulation woes were post-2011 (i.e. post-IFRA), with folks from earlier years talking about it as though nothing had...
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    My bottle is from 2006. That counts as vintage to me, even if it's not original formulation.

    Not bad, though. If this is the "dreaded" reformulation, the hysteria is over the top.
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    Re: Your Personal Unicorn. What is it?

    I haven't ever had to really quest for a fragrance. But acquiring Rémy Latour Cigarillo recently was a bit of a thrill and was probably my proudest find.
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    C A R O L I N A
    H E R R E R A
    F O R
    M E N
    (1991)

    126148

    The dream of the 90s.
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    Re: Carolina Herrera "Herrera for Men"

    Determined to give this another shot, I sprayed this on a bit more heavily today, and my wife noticed. She told me it immediately reminded her of the 1990s--she told me it reminded her of when she...
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    Re: Carolina Herrera "Herrera for Men"

    Yeah, I don't get a lot of "curry" from this vintage bottle.
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    Re: Tom Ford Extreme

    Tom Ford for Men Extreme bears no real resemblance to Tom Ford for Men and could've been released under its own name.

    It's my favorite fragrance Tom Ford has released, and it comes from an era...
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    Re: Carolina Herrera "Herrera for Men"

    I've had this on the back of my hand for a little while now.

    In 1991, this kind of freshie it must've seemed close to cutting edge: the spirit of the fresh and clean and unisex 90s. Now, it's...
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    Re: Looking for a new experience

    Arquiste Sydney Rock Pool

    Caswell-Massey Supernatural Number Six

    Floris Leather Oud

    Guerlain Lui

    Santa Maria Novella Acqua di Cuba
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    Re: Your Vintage SOTD - 2020

    RÉMY LATOUR
    CIGAR COMMANDER
    (1999)

    Man, Burberry really ripped off Rémy Latour when they set out to create Burberry London, didn't they? This is even closer to London than the original Cigar...
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    Re: Rémy Latour Cigarillo

    I won't create a separate thread for it, but I grabbed Cigar Commander, and it's a stunner.

    (Man, Burberry London really stole Remy Latour's shtick, didn't it?)
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    Re: Is Bleu de Chanel Parfum a Dud?

    It's a very boring style, so there's no getting around that.

    But at least the Missoni and BdC Parfum execute the style with finesse (one is just much cheaper than the other).
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    Re: NEW: Caswell-Massey Supernatural VI

    I spent all afternoon, night, and the early stages of this morning with Supernatural Number Six and, yes, this is no synthetic woodyamber thing.

    In pricepoint, this is certainly a "luxe-niche"...
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    Re: 20% off Ebay shops (2 outlets)

    Someone wanna link me to the eBay seller pages?
  83. Re: When will Chanel Release a New Mens Scent?

    My guess--and it's just as guess--that the next trend is going to less of a radical shift and more of what the 1980s were to the 1970s, or what the 2000s were to the 1990s: continuations of themes...
  84. Re: What is the least amount of time it's taken you to go through 100 ml?

    https://media2.giphy.com/media/ChUvISbHxjibS/source.gif
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    Re: Tom Ford Extreme

    It's discontinued. Alas.
  86. Poll: Re: Poll: When you wear a perfume, is it just for yourself or do you want others to know?

    Depends entirely on the occasion.
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    Re: Favourite Chanel?

    I have yet to personally bond with any Chanel release; Chanel offers a lot of finesse and conceptual refinement, but not much heart.

    That said, maybe Cuir de Russie or Coromandel could change my...
  88. Re: What is the least amount of time it's taken you to go through 100 ml?

    I have yet to finish a 100 ml bottle of anything.

    Knocked out a few 50 ml bottles within 3 years.
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    Re: Carolina Herrera "Herrera for Men"

    Yeah, I haven't tried the current, which is why I went straight for the vintage.

    The comparison made to Ungaro III earlier in this thread is interesting, and I have difficulty reconciling that to...
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    Re: NEW: Caswell-Massey Supernatural VI

    I'm wearing the Supernatural Number Six today.

    Expensive, but you can get the 15 ml bottles in their gift sets (I got it with 15 ml of Jockey Club and three soaps for a reasonable price).

    I...
  91. Re: the drydowns - which do you enjoy the most?

    Among post-2010 designer releases with wide distribution, I really admire the drydown of Cartier L'Envol EDP.

    Off the top of my head, in "vintage" fragrances, I love the drydown of Aramis Havana,...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    MERCEDES-BENZ
    SILVER
    (2017)

    I've asked to have this one added to the directory.

    A modern freshie for those who like citric bitterness and metallic ambience, this has a rhubarb note that...
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    Re: Is Bleu de Chanel Parfum a Dud?

    Whenever I think I have a handle on your tastes, you make a remark like this that completely explodes my sense of what you do and don't enjoy!

    You are a riddle wrapped in an enigma.
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    Re: Is Bleu de Chanel Parfum a Dud?

    The base is nothing revelatory, it's just that the rough edges are sanded down, making this one of the more "finessed" interpretations of the modern freshie. I wouldn't go out of your way to pick up...
  95. Re: praising Bracken Man -- paging fans of this Amouage

    There's one person on here who's smelled the Osmotheque recreation of the original, but, really, there's not much basis for the comparisons:


    Before I go further, let me state the obvious:...
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    Re: Is Bleu de Chanel Parfum a Dud?

    The Missoni is a good option. It's not a clone, but a variation on the theme, with a better, more well-rounded base than BDC EDT. In fact, the Missoni is closer in overall quality to Bleu Parfum. Can...
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    Re: Eau des Baux

    Yes. They share some basic DNA, but I think Tobacco Reserve is the better of the two.

    That said, the list of likes/dislikes above has me thinking that Eau des Baux is still the best choice for the...
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    Re: Carolina Herrera "Herrera for Men"

    Reading through some of the older reviews for this made me smile, as did this comment:



    The hype comes, the hype goes.
  99. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    Tom Ford for Men Extreme is definitely a "special occasion" type of frag, so it might be enough.
  100. Re: Which Fragrance Are You Currently Waiting To Be Delivered In The Mail?

    If I could find a 50 ml bottle for $80 or below, sure.
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