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  1. Re: The Best Most Leathery Leather scents (male or female)...Your opinions please!

    Looks like I'll be trying Knize Ten first, although I've never seen it anywhere in the U.S.
  2. The Best Most Leathery Leather scents (male or female)...Your opinions please!

    I love leather notes! What fragrances do you think carry it off the best?
  3. Re: Thats it... im burning all of my fragrances!

    There are many shops where you can buy essential oil in the style of popular fragrances (at least there were tons on Hollywood Blvd.). They are often very close to the original and I would think a...
  4. Re: What is your workhorse, day to day, scent?

    Moschino Uomo?
    It's a great all occasion cologne that has moderate to light sillage. It's also available for a great price for a nice size bottle at places like Marshall's. Like 30 bucks for 4.2...
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    Re: Edition Blanche Is So Overrated...

    J'Accuse monsieur!
    Of nasal congestion. I think Edition Blanche is the only worthwhile fragrance (certainly for men) that Chanel has produced since 1990. That's because it's old school Chanel. So...
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    Re: What budget scents do you actually wear?

    I take it you mean currently available budget scents that you're always going to find on a drug store shelf? In that case, I do wear several from that catergory quite a bit:
    Jovan Musk for Men ...
  7. Re: Off to TJ MAXX and Marshalls. What to get?

    Most stores in the US are extremely open minded when it comes to returns. As long as the item still has it's original tags and no obvious signs of use. Even opened fragrance in most cases. The...
  8. Re: Name 31 Fragrances You Should Not Be Without......

    Well, I couldn't come up with 31, but here are some absolute must have in collection at all times (for myself).

    Chanel Pour Monsieur
    Chanel Antaeus
    Paco Rabanne Pour Homme (Vintage)
    Polo Ralph...
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    Re: All Hail Jan Moran! Umm, Jan who?

    I'll never wash this thread again!
    Nice to meet you Jan. I'm going to check out all of your new projects! But your books are great. I constantly use them for reference and just when I want a...
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    All Hail Jan Moran! Umm, Jan who?

    Ms. Moran has written two wonderful books about fragrance: "Fabulous Fragrances" and "Fabulous Fragrances II".
    I find it odd I've never seen her name on Basenotes. She doesn't critique (she adores...
  11. Re: I like loud fragrances worn lightly more than light fragrances worn heavily...

    I bet Archie is wearing Paco Rabanne XS Black.
    I was smack in the middle of the early 80's powerhouse-a-palooza. Back then you wore LOUD FRAGRANCES EXTREMELY LOUDLY and Light fragrances AS LOUDLY...
  12. Re: Where is Armani Sport Code??? (Or Code Sport...it's hard to tell)

    That's not to imply that any of you here who don't like ACS are perfume snobs, of course!
  13. Re: Where is Armani Sport Code??? (Or Code Sport...it's hard to tell)

    I don't think it's about your nose becoming more refined. I think it's about knowing what it is you're smelling and getting a feeling for composition. It's like becoming more sophisticated about...
  14. Re: Where is Armani Sport Code??? (Or Code Sport...it's hard to tell)

    I looked at the official Armani description of Code Sport (thanks Ziffy321!) and it's basically (from top to bottom) spearmint, on top of citrus, on top of vetiver. Doesn't that even just sound...
  15. Re: Paco Rabanne Pour Homme current vs vintige formulation

    Worth Pour Homme is extremely similar to the original version of Paco Rabanne PH. I would highly recommend it if you would like to experience the original Paco. And it was an experience! Worth...
  16. Re: Where is Armani Sport Code??? (Or Code Sport...it's hard to tell)

    Perhaps a bit synthetic, I'll agree. But it smells like nothing else to me, and that's quite an accomplishment. I think it would get props if it weren't a flanker. Mint is really hard to pull off...
  17. Where is Armani Sport Code??? (Or Code Sport...it's hard to tell)

    Why isn't this up on the Armani page? One of the best releases from Armani in a long time, and certainly the best of the "Code" family. Actually, I think it's a damn good fragrance all by itself. ...
  18. Re: Paco Rabanne Pour Homme current vs vintige formulation

    I think the difference between original and current are so pronounced that you've got two different scents here. The new version opens with a topnote explosion of what I have to assume is synthetic...
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    Re: The war on oakmoss

    I guess my feeling is, if you're allergic to something, don't use it. By the way...when did all these kids become allergic to peanuts? My entire generation lived on peanut butter and jelly and I...
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    The war on oakmoss

    Why? All I know is that it wrecked Paco Rabanne Pour homme.
  21. Re: My Sin by Lanvin...does it hold up? I mean literally!

    Unfortunately, I've never smelled My Sin so I couldn't trust my own nose. I think going with the "Eau de My Sin" (which I'm assuming is Lanvin's old version of EDT) would be the best bet. I think...
  22. My Sin by Lanvin...does it hold up? I mean literally!

    Need to get some My Sin as a present but since it was discontinued in 1988, anything you find is going to be at least almost 25 years old! My question is: Does My Sin stand up over time? Or does it...
  23. Re: Are Eau d'Hermes and Hermes Eau de Cologne the same thing?

    Makes sense mikeperez! I'll check out those other threads too.
  24. Re: Are Eau d'Hermes and Hermes Eau de Cologne the same thing?

    Now that I know Eau d'Orange Vert is the former Hermes Eau d'Cologne, I guess my next question is:
    What are the differences between Eau d'Orange Vert and Eau d'Orange Vert Concentree? If there are...
  25. Re: Are Eau d'Hermes and Hermes Eau de Cologne the same thing?

    I do own Hermes L'Eau de Orange Vert which is a great "pick me up" type scent, especially in hot weather. It just doesn't last for more than a half hour though. It's an amazing scent!
    It's also hard...
  26. Are Eau d'Hermes and Hermes Eau de Cologne the same thing?

    Hermes seems to have very similar names and packaging for all their colognes. Are these two in particular the same thing? And can you recommend the best of what Hermes has to offer?
  27. Re: If you could create a perfume, what would it be?

    Oh yes...that's a lovely scent. Sunbaked cement near a pool when it gets wet is pretty awesome too.
  28. Re: If you could create a perfume, what would it be?

    So what are the notes of your natural scent???
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    Re: Chanel Bleu de Chanel

    WOW! That was freakin' awesome! Thanks for posting! That must've been a Japanese commercial because I sure would never have forgotten THAT if I'd seen it as a kid. And Msr. Bronson sure doesn't...
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    Re: Chanel Bleu de Chanel

    Well, if you expected him to be amazing, nostril flaring, can't stop sniffing, blow your socks off, this is why the French were put on the Earth to make fragrances like this...then he's not lying. ...
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    Re: Chanel Bleu de Chanel

    Very funny! And very true!
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    Re: Chanel Bleu de Chanel

    Bleu doesn't smell bad. It's fine. But it smells like something you could run into Walgreen's and grab out of the men's shaving aisle. Chanel is a house that has created LEGENDARY scents for both...
  33. Re: If you could create a perfume, what would it be?

    This sounds like something I would like...but what do rocks smell like?
  34. Re: My Rive Gauche fell in the toilet of PISS !!!

    In France it was know as "Indiana Jones Au Le Eau du Toilette du Pissoir"
  35. Re: My Rive Gauche fell in the toilet of PISS !!!

    "Indiana Jones and the Toilet of Piss"
  36. Re: My Rive Gauche fell in the toilet of PISS !!!

    You can drink urine to survive without water. And you can't survive a lot of YSL frags without smelling like urine at some point...so I guess you'll survive!
  37. Re: If you could create a perfume, what would it be?

    I'm thinking "Misteria" might be a tad corny. But then, I'm a tad corny!
  38. If you could create a perfume, what would it be?

    What would it smell like, first of all. What would you call it? What would the packaging look like? The sky and your imagination are your only limit...
    Mine (my first that is...) would have...
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    Re: What exactly is "sillage" anyways?

    Thanks everyone! I knew it had something to do with projection; but now I see it has that certain French inflection. Rather like "esprit de l'escalier".
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    What exactly is "sillage" anyways?

    I confess, I've used the term without really knowing what it means. So what exactly does it mean?
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    Re: Looking for a vanilla based oriental

    Try "Warm Vanilla Sugar" by Bath and Body Works. Really inexpensive and a fantastic, rich oriental-ish vanilla.
  42. Re: Could a 17 year old pull off Kourous(Original)?

    I would say (resoundingly) YES! However, in this particular case...with the scent in question being the original Kouros...I would tread very lightly at first. It is one of the strongest concoctions...
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    Re: Paco Rabanne Metal: Spring in a bottle.

    I have a vintage bottle of the eau de toilette. I love it. It's not something for everyday though....but always interesting. Metal seems to go through numerous changes and reacts to body...
  44. Poll: Re: Paco Rabanne pour Homme: Masterpiece (Yes or No)

    The original formulation is definitely a masterpiece of a masculine scent. You simply cannot compare the original with the current version. They are so different. It's a shame that people nowadays...
  45. Re: I finally got my bottle of YSL Kouros...Initial Review

    It's also quite the "stud magnet"...Don't be surprised if you have some "curious" response from the dudes!
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    Re: Looking for a vanilla based oriental

    I love Bal A Versaille by Jean Desprez. I don't know if it actually has vanilla in there, but it has a total vanilla vibe.
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    Re: Top 5 most overhyped.

    Thread bashing
    Thread basher haters
    Thread basher hater haters :)

    I have to add one more here that seems to be worshipped on BN.... Ungaro III. Sorry, but this stuff is so heavy and depressing...
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    Re: Top 5 most overhyped.

    This is amusing and interesting.
    Two keep popping up here: L'Eau de Issey and Creed's Green Irish Tweed. Issey is the only frag I can think of that actually nauseates me and I've never understood...
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    Re: What is The Best Lemon Fragrance?

    Maybe some McCormick's Lemon Extract from the A & P...
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    Re: What is The Best Lemon Fragrance?

    You did Sir, and that is the first one I'm going to try!
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    Re: What is The Best Lemon Fragrance?

    Oh, okay, this is the one I saw at Bath and Body Works!
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    Re: What is The Best Lemon Fragrance?

    I guess I'll just have to get something really lemony and keep it in my man-purse (ahh-Eurobag!) for continual reapplication. Bath and Bodyworks has a new frag called, get this, "Lemon". Maybe I...
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    Re: What is The Best Lemon Fragrance?

    As long as the lemon doesn't disappear completely or the composition changes too radically. For example, I own and love YSL PH and it has perhaps the best lemon topnotes ever; but by the end of the...
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    Re: What is The Best Lemon Fragrance?

    Definitely the zest of the rind too!
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    What is The Best Lemon Fragrance?

    Hello out there in Basenotes land!
    I hope you can help, and I'm sure you can. I'm trying to find a lemon based fragrance that is just that...LEMON. Lemon from start to finish. One that goes on...
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    Re: Looking for a vanilla based oriental

    Might I suggest Gucci Rush for Men and also Bath and Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar (I'm their new champion...it's a great uni frag!)
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    Re: The Greatness of Tabu

    Sandra Bernhard on Tabu:

    "That stuff smells ten minutes older than dirt!"
  58. Re: Need a cheaper Vanilla based fragrance for a young guy

    Try Warm Vanilla Sugar by Bath and Body Works (there's usually one of their stores at your local mall). You can get a body spray dirt cheap, which lasts for a long time and is relatively strong. It...
  59. Re: Has a Fragrance Ever Made You Violently Ill?

    L'Eau de Issey Pour Homme gives me a splitting headache.
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    Re: Suggestions on Coco Chanel for men..

    Shamu, et al...
    The Coco-Jacomo combo (sounds like a Cuban conga band!) was about a 60-30 Jacomo to Coco ratio. I applied to forearms and collarbone area before getting dressed, so that the clothes...
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    Re: Suggestions on Coco Chanel for men..

    Yes, I know you purists will disagree but here goes.
    I put on some Jacomo de Jacomo which is a very smokey masculine fragrance. I don't wear it often, because it's a bit too linear and when you...
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    Re: Bleu de Chanel by Chanel - New fragrance

    Why doesn't Chanel make the good stuff readily available and reasonably priced? Why is Cuir de Russie $200 dollars a bottle IF you can find it? Why can't their mid-priced scents be as good as they...
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    Re: Favorite Fragrance Advertisements

    Chanel always had great TV spots. Many done by none other than Ridley Scott.
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    Comme des Garcons starter frag

    What would be a good CdG fragrance to start getting acquainted with this house? Are there any really great ones...stinkers (so to speak)? What about "Wonderwood"? Certainly intrigued by that one!
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    Re: Favorite Fragrance Advertisements

    Perhaps only Deneuve could make perfume behind the knee sexy.
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    Favorite Fragrance Advertisements

    I always loved the original ad campaign for Paco Rabanne Pour Homme....
    "What is remembered is up to you..."
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    Re: What is the best male fragrance ever made?

    Almost impossible to answer, but I'd have to say of all the things I've smelled that Chanel's Egoiste is possibly the closest to perfection across the board. Of course, I'm sure there are those who...
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    Re: Rich, Warm & Spicy...

    I'd have to add:

    Tuscany by Aramis
    Aramis by Aramis
    Sex Appeal by Jovan
    Trussardi Uomo
    Fendi Uomo
    Oscar de la Renta Por Lui
  69. Gaultier and the feminization of Le Male

    I worked at Macy's in L.A. and they were selling a line of Men's make-up by Gaultier. This was in the early 2000's. It wasn't intended for goths and rockers so much, but was being marketed as...
  70. Re: What perfume launched for women can be worn by men?

    I'm a guy and I'm addicted to, get this, Love's Baby Soft. Out of the little pink bottle and onto my neck and it smells just like an old time barber shop and that bristle brush they'd powder your...
  71. Your first love...what did they smell like?

    The first person you really were in love with...what fragrance did they wear? Or if not a fragrance; something else.
    What brings all that back when you smell it today? Answer any way you like....
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    Re: Remember when you were a kid...

    Here's a list of 80's powerhouses forever in my mind....

    Kouros YSL (of course!)
    Azzaro Pour Homme
    Polo by Ralph Lauren
    Antaeus Chanel
    Perry Ellis Original
    Chaps by Ralph Lauren
    Paco Rabanne...
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    Re: Looking for something similar to Antaeus

    I say if you like Antaeus, wear it. Just don't let it wear you. A dab or two from a splash bottle, that's all. Great in cool weather with a cashmere sweater.
    I find Benetton Colors for men (in...
  74. Re: Which fragrance creates the happiest image in your mind??

    Attn Diamondflame:

    You just brought back a memory for me. I remember my best friend sniffing my Antaeus and telling me it smelled like pot. And it kinda did back then...
  75. Re: Which fragrance creates the happiest image in your mind??

    Original Polo brings back some warm happy Christmasy cozy let's play grownups memories.
    Now, for me, Hermes Eau d'Orange Vert is an instant little blast of happiness for a good fifteen minutes.
  76. Re: Best sea salt / oceanic salty fragrances for men?

    Horizon by Guy LaRoche
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    Re: Worst fragrance EVER (yuck)

    Oh, come now...
    Lagerfeld Classic is fine, if you're in the right frame of mind for it.
    But then again, I could see how some might say "Yuck" to it; if not Msr. Lagerfeld then the actual bottle. ...
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    Re: Worst fragrance EVER (yuck)

    Caesar's Man is pretty horrific
    Tabu by Dana...egads!
    L'Eau du Issey gets my vote as one of the worst ever
    Drakkar Noir reeks no matter how you cut it. The definition of "cloying".
    Ungaro...
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    Re: Recommend me a man's man fragrance

    Hey Forza,

    To quote the Smiths: "...don't forget the songs that made you cry, and the ones that saved your life...when you lay in awe on the bedroom floor and said 'oh, oh, smother me mother'..."
  80. Re: What Are The Most Synthetic Frags And The Least Synthetic Frags?

    I think synthetics (aldehydes) can be quite pleasant. Chanel #5 has loads of aldehydes, but it's a classic. "T" by Tommy Hilfiger is completely synthetic, but crisp and wonderful. For me a...
  81. Re: List of fragrances that have DEFINITELY, BEYOND A DOUBT been re-formulated

    @vivid

    I've never been crazy about Old Spice in any of its' formulations. I do however rather like CVS's version (or more accurately, rip-off). It's a little sweeter, less boozy and harsh. I...
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    Re: Recommend me a man's man fragrance

    Here are some manly frags that come to mind...

    Azzaro Pour Homme
    Halston z-14
    Oscar De La Renta Pour Lui
    Original Chaps by Ralph Lauren
    Calvin by Calvin Klein
    Obsession Men by Calvin Klein...
  83. Re: So what stores carry the weird, original, niche, over the top stuff?

    Thanks, these are great suggestions!
  84. Re: List of fragrances that have DEFINITELY, BEYOND A DOUBT been re-formulated

    Paco Rabanne pour homme.
    The current version smells almost nothing like the original. Like, not even close. Okay, maybe they used some of the same ingredients, but please. Now he's just a juiced...
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    Re: Suggestions on Coco Chanel for men..

    I love Coco too. But there's a quality to it that is just too female, that is, for a man to wear...out in public and all. I often wear it to bed for literal sweet dreams.
  86. Re: the old good times: what did you wear when you was at high school?

    My high school years were 1980-1984.
    I don't really remember putting on cologne to go to school every day. I went to an all boys school, so maybe that was why. Not trying to impress.
    But if I did...
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    Re: Lacoste Original: is it discontinued?

    Why is it a risk?
  88. So what stores carry the weird, original, niche, over the top stuff?

    I live in Roanoke Virginia in the U.S. so about the most exotic stuff I can find is Chanel.
    What stores carry the interesting and unusual brands Basenoters are always talking about like, Serge...
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    Re: Lacoste Original: is it discontinued?

    I recently discovered this one. Love it. Every time I wear it the ladies go crazy! Don't know if it's discontinued, but I find it all the time at Marshall's here in the states. Massive bottles of...
  90. Re: Most Underexposed + Excellent + Inexpensive Fragrance

    @pirop

    I assume you're talking about Franceso Smalto for Men (the original from the late 80's). I agree. This is fantastic almost forgotten fragrance. Most people thought it was discontinued...
  91. Re: Fragrances you hope the world will never see (or smell)

    Bouquet of Rosie by Rosie O'Donnell

    Ponytail by either Karl Lagerfeld or Ralph Lauren

    Big Pony Romance by Ralph Lauren

    BTW...I love the responses! Hilarious! Even the ones I don't quite...
  92. Re: Fragrances you hope the world will never see (or smell)

    Rich Corinthian Leather by Tom Ford
  93. Re: Most Underexposed + Excellent + Inexpensive Fragrance

    Put on some "Sex Appeal" by Jovan at around 5pm. Could still faintly smell it on my skin at about 9pm. Is is now 1:15 am and I can still smell it quite clearly on my shirt. Gone from skin.
    In any...
  94. Re: Fragrances you hope the world will never see (or smell)

    Musc du Kublai Khan II: The Wrath of Khan
  95. Re: Fragrances you hope the world will never see (or smell)

    Bush by Laura Bush

    Conebra by Madonna w/ Thierry Mugler

    Foot-balls by David Beckham

    Soiled by Hermes

    Eau de Pussycat Dolls by Pussycat Dolls for Dana
  96. Re: Most Underexposed + Excellent + Inexpensive Fragrance

    I will try a "Sex Appeal" longevity test and get back to you with the results...
  97. Re: Fragrances you hope the world will never see (or smell)

    I Am Queen by SeanJohn
  98. Re: Fragrances you hope the world will never see (or smell)

    Coco Puff Daddy by Sean Combs featuring Gabby "Coco" Chanel

    Room Service by Paris Hilton
  99. Re: Most Underexposed + Excellent + Inexpensive Fragrance

    This is like "drug store" cheap stuff...I don't consider department store prices very cheap. $60.00 for about 3 ounces? Not cheap to me. Creed type prices are just ridiculous, period. I don't...
  100. Re: Fragrances you hope the world will never see (or smell)

    Lukewarm Water by Davidoff

    Insense Ultramarine Beach Drainage Culvert

    Nip Slip by Tara Reid

    Pantalon du Grandmere by Prince Matchabelli

    Christina Ricci by Nina Ricci (actually, would...
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