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  1. Re: If Recommending One Fragrance For A Beginner To Start With (Given Our Experience And Knowledge)?

    The answer is, of course, it depends on the person. If I had received most of these suggestions when I first started looking at wearing fragrances 10 years or so ago my reaction would have been...
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    Re: Newbie - beginning a collection

    Definitely sample Aventus first. While it’s a fresh scent, I find it cloying and unbalanced in high humidity. e.g. Vietnam and summer in Japan, so approach with caution in Florida. Your mileage may...
  3. Re: Your Favorite Mall Store Fragrance/Favorite Mall Store for Fragrance

    Zara falls apart. H&M seems a bit better. UNIQLO is generally excellent quality, especially for the price. I have plenty of things more than 10 years old that are still going strong. UNIQLO focuses...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Here in Australia i last saw it for around 70-80 AUD (roughly 50-55 USD), but when I checked today it was 45 (a little over 30 USD) so I took the plunge.
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    Re: Today I bought July 2019

    http://www.basenotes.net/photos/products/300/26132531-3940.jpg

    http://www.basenotes.net/photos/products/300/26155465-2389.jpg

    Blind buys of some cheapies. Managed to find 100ml of Ck One Shock...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    On the verge of blind buying this, even though I have 100ml of Clean’s Aqua Neroli which is also awfully close to Neroli Portofino (albeit more expensive than this).
  7. Re: "Best" masculine-appropriate Amber frangrance?

    Ambre Sultan

    Interlude Man- to me this, like LADDM, is predominantly an amber fragrance, with some oud and incense.
  8. Re: Escentric Molecules - let's talk about it

    As most have said, M01 disappears. I can smell it from a distance, but up close I get nothing. I love the smell when I can smell it.
    I had decants of E01 and 02, but both were kind of boring.
    ...
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    Re: Powerful Cologne Type Frag

    This would normally be my number one suggestion, but not exactly accessible in terms of price. Distribution seems pretty good, it not sure if it’s easy to find if you’re outside a major city.
  10. Re: Why is your favorite genre your favorite?

    Dry woody and incense, because my personal preferences are clearly objective facts and it is a fact that this is the best kind of perfume :p

    That, and these are some of the smells that I probably...
  11. Re: What's your wardrobe's number-of-perfumes to number-of-houses ratio?

    Ooh, fascinating.

    My my wardrobe isn’t so up to date, but it says 51 fragrances with 26 houses, so a ratio of 1.96. My collection is relatively heavy on Dior and CdG.
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    Re: Powerful Cologne Type Frag

    They don’t really exist, and what’s considered powerful or long lasting is all relative. Powerful compared to a traditional EdC, yes, but not compared to other fragrance styles.

    All the best ones...
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    Re: SOTD Stats - Most Worn, Milestones

    For me Sel Marin is getting up there with 86, but I don’t think I used the SOTD feature for the first few years of this hobby and while I lurked on Basenotes without signing up.

    I also havent...
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    Re: One choice for:

    - Date on Autumn: 2 Man
    - Sex (any season): probably nothing specifically for sex.
    - Going to the cinema on spring: Probably nothing. Maybe something light and unobtrusive in case the cinema is...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2019

    Wore Aventus because I sampled Explorer on my skin yesterday, so I kind of needed to compare. I’m going to claim pineapple works for the sync.
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    Re: Oakmoss essential oil

    Good to hear.
    With layering, getting the proportions right has always been a problem for me, but sounds promising if you can get the balance right.

    Personally, I hate oak moss, but love reading...
  17. Re: Frag Sleuths: Creed uses mostly synthetics but why do their frags smell so natural to my nose?

    I’m also in the boat of not caring much about whether synthetics are used, although I do prefer a bit more honesty about it.

    FWIW, Creed does like to play up the naturalness of their scents. Came...
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    Re: Gunpowder fragrances?

    its there, but it’s pretty dialed back and disappears pretty soon. Maybe it gets lost as an incense like note or disappears into the sandalwood and cedar for you. To me , it provides a nice accent,...
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    Re: Best Fragrance Names

    A great scent too. I think I read somewhere that it is a play on the French translation of the Shakespeare play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (A Midsummer Wood’s Dream?).
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    Re: Fragrance as Pre-workout?

    I’ll stick to caffeine. I tend not to wear fragrances before the gym anyway, and I don’t think sniffing the lid, etc. would really give me much of a kick or be uplifting for more than a few seconds.
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2019

    Sounds about right. I’ve also heard knights (I think in an interview with one of my favorite skateboarders in my childhood, Steve Caballero).
    Another slightly tricky one for me in winter. Perhaps...
  22. Re: Frag Sleuths: Creed uses mostly synthetics but why do their frags smell so natural to my nose?

    Um, yes. That’s what I was saying. I was just clarifying in where it seems to come from...

    Im not so sure it has been made up by people to bash Creed, but as it’s hearsay I have no proof. I’ve...
  23. Re: Frag Sleuths: Creed uses mostly synthetics but why do their frags smell so natural to my nose?

    To be more specific, it seems to be a line used by sales associates. I’ve never heard it directly myself, but I’m fairly sure Basenoters have fairly frequently reported its use at both the Creed...
  24. Re: Frag Sleuths: Creed uses mostly synthetics but why do their frags smell so natural to my nose?

    Interesting and enlightening answers in this thread.

    I assumed that that there are certain things that make one think something is synthetic. Either a certain harshness or the presence of smells...
  25. Re: Is terre de Hermès eau fraiche an unsung hero

    It’s nice enough, but considering the love TdH and Parfum get, the hurdle for getting a hype train rolling was set pretty high.
    I think I’d still take Orange Verte Concentre instead for a short...
  26. Re: Would you like some vetiver or patchouli with your Coca-Cola?

    Thanks for the reviews.
  27. Re: why do "incenses" perfumes smell totally different?

    Just as incense in the real world isn’t just confined to frankincense, there are incense scents using other notes. I don’t think Japanese incense uses frankincense at all. Plenty of sandalwood, oud...
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    Re: Are Creed fragrances big sellers?

    I guess it depends on how you define “big seller”.

    Compared to the real hits, AdG, BdC, Sauvage, One Million, Joop, etc. , no. But if one takes a broader view, especially taking price,...
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    Re: What are your favorite houses at the moment?

    Still Comme des Garcons
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2019

    Wearing Kyoto as Jubilation XXV hasn’t been clicking with me recently.
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    Re: Creed Cease & Desist

    I’d argue that splitters and decant sellers have actually been beneficial for Creed and helped them gain their reputation in the fragrance and bro communities. Still, they do seem to be gunning for...
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    Re: Creed Cease & Desist

    No, just make threats and hope that’s enough. Maybe a lawsuit or two just to further scare anyone else.
    The tactic and ultimate goal should be to stay out of court, while making it seem like...
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    Re: Creed Cease & Desist

    Yes, but I imagine Creed has deeper pockets than you or the people they are threatening, who likely don’t have the resources or will to fight something like this in the courts, so it’s just easier to...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2019

    I left sequoia and Avignon back in Japan, so it’s either Kyoto or Jubilation XXV.
    Mince to have a Duchaufour day that’s not in summer so I can enjoy the incense.
  35. Re: Looking For Something New For the Summer...

    Lol. Should’ve checked your wardrobe first.
  36. Re: Looking For Something New For the Summer...

    If I had that budget for a summer scent I’d be all over Menthe Fraiche, but seeing as you own Sel Marin I’m guessing you’ve tried it and ruled it out.
    Chanel’s Eau de Cologne and Dior’s Cologne...
  37. Re: New Fragrance: Gucci Guilty Cologne Pour Homme - has anyone tested it yet?

    While I haven’t tried this yet, I have mixed feelings about these kinds of attempts.

    Mainly I’m pleased that a mainstream company is willing to take risks and create something out of the ordinary...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Epic Man, man.
  39. Re: Pairing certain fragrances with certain outfits(men, women, etc.)

    I don’t think there are any set rules, so everyone does their own thing.

    Some like to wear sumptuous, rich fragrances when they dress up. I do that sometimes, but I’m just as likely to go for an...
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    Re: On an ideal date

    I would be wearing Songe d’un Bois d’Ete and she would be wearing 28 La Pausa


    Alternatively I’d be wearing 2 Man and she’d be wearing a simple white floral, like SMN’s Gelsomino.

    Actually 2...
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    Re: Your most worn June 2019

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    Tobacco Absolute by Molton Brown
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  42. Re: Your favorite fruit-forward, non-citrus masculine

    To be honest I expected this to be the very first suggestion. I hate the crowd that proposes Aventus for almost any thread seeking recommendations, but it would be my first suggestion here.

    Also...
  43. Re: What to eat or apply before applying a cologne or parfum?

    One should hit the gym for a party pump and then consume a protein shake and some creatine before applying Aventus.
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    Re: Best purchase you made in last 6 months?

    Decants of Burberry London and Tobacco Absolute to fill the tobacco gap in my collection. Hoping to add CK One Shock to this category.
    Acqua Neroli by clean for a more reasonable Neroli Portofino...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2019

    105023105024

    Totally forgot got about the sync, but I was wearing a heavy application of Tam Dao.
    Sandalwood incense featured in the photos.
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    Re: Do You Feel Like You're Cheating?

    How do you feel about your Polo cheating on you with other men?
    You know it gets around, and there are thousands of other guys out these spraying it all over themselves?
    Do you feel betrayed? Or...
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    Re: Hipsters and Fragrance (do they mix)

    Sorry, yes. Lol. That’ll teach me to make rambling responses without even properly reading the post I’m replying to.
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    Re: Bad Boy by Carolina Herrera

    Another fragrance release that has me wondering whether they used machine translation for the copy, or they just let the intern loose with a thesaurus.
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    Re: Wood and chocolate?

    This. Dark, aged woods and cocoa.

    I was also going to suggest Dior Homme Parfum, but it’s more chocolate and other notes than Wood.
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    Re: Spicebomb Night Vision Story

    Yes. Speak to the manager and get her fired for sexual harassment.
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    Re: Hipsters and Fragrance (do they mix)

    It’s almost like everyone has the same range of shops and products to choose from...
    This inevitably happens, and probably happened long before social media, it’s just everyone has a camera now to...
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    Re: Olfactory Abilities and Psychopathy

    Issa joke.
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    Olfactory Abilities and Psychopathy

    https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs12078-012-9135-7

    Id like to think this explains the low numbers of psychopaths on Basenotes.
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    Re: What would you wear to the Cricket?

    In Australia, Vettiveru as it tends to get pretty hot.

    My instincts are to go for something green and grassy.
  55. Re: If you could choose 1 or 2 notes to pair with REAL AMBERGRIS what would they be?

    Frankincense and white florals or frankincense and sandalwood.
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    Re: CdG Vettiveru 2

    That’s a shame. It was the match of green vetiver with airy light florals that made this for me. I didn’t need 2 to go in a darker, woodier direction
  57. Thread: Soap battle

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    Re: Soap battle

    It’s worth noting that what one associates with the smell of soap will depend very much on how the soaps one grew up with were scented.
    For me, Infusion d’Iris Cedre is the soapiest scent I know.
  58. Re: Why don't more cologne companies ignore the restrictions on oakmoss?

    i don’t know about assisting the style on purpose, but I’ve certainly seen the argument made that IFRA is an industry body, so their regulations are drafted to push their own products. The latest and...
  59. Re: Why don't more cologne companies ignore the restrictions on oakmoss?

    Im speaking from the perspective of oak moss lovers and fragrance freaks here on Basenotes. Personally I hate oak moss and have sensitive skin so appreciate these kinds of efforts, but even from my...
  60. Thread: Soap battle

    by Darjeeling
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    Re: Soap battle

    Neither are particularly soapy to me and neither made the cut when I was looking for neroli scents, but I guess Castile as it is more neroli prominent to me.
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    Re: Beach Geeza house??

    That name though. Lol. Makes it hard to take the scents seriously. I do like how the bottles look like the kind of thing I’ve gotten from splitters on Basenotes, although the splitters had better...
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    Re: Does Oud Ispahan by Dior use real oud?

    The firmenich one isn’t inherently skanky. I think of it like the oil, chemical smell from Montales. How either is used is then up to the perfumer. The Firmenich can have an interesting smoothing...
  63. Re: Mugler Cologne: any similar fragrance with better longevity?

    seeing as nobody has mentioned it yet, Creed Original Vetiver :p

    for other grassy, clean vetivers you could consider Vettiveru and Infusion de Vetiver, but OV is the one that smells closest to...
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    Re: Does Oud Ispahan by Dior use real oud?

    It has been a while since I’ve smelled it, but IIRC it uses the same “oud” as leather oud, which is Givaudan’s Black Agar
    https://shop.perfumersapprentice.com/p-5937-black-agar-givco-2152.aspx
    This...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2019

    I will be scent free tomorrow as I now have the flu and haven't worn any fragrances for several days, but I will be taking inspiration from your Tahitian sync.
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    Re: A Short Guide to Coniferous Fragrances:

    Oh yeah, Norne is a must try for anyone into coniferous fragrances. Like the black metal cousin of Hwyl (although Norne was created well before Hwyl), all smokey conifer absolutes, moss and clove. ...
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    Re: Iris Question

    It was a small decant from the Perfumed Court quite a few years ago (at least 5), so I’m guessing it may have been “vintage “.

    Edit - Tried to find where I originally posted, but too much of a...
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    Re: Iris Question

    As I haven’t tried Irisss, Lutens Iris Silver Mist would probably be my ultimate iris, but it was a bit much for me. Intellectually stimulating to smell, but not something I could wear.

    Favorite...
  69. Re: The official Jeremy Fragrance fragrance thread

    TL;DR Competent, but nothing to make it stand out from the designer field, apart maybe from its strength.

    While i secretly (or not so secretly) wanted it to crash and burn, considering the...
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    Re: Fragrance That Turned You Stalker

    Not full stalker, but I will try to work out who is wearing a scent, especially if it’s something I like.

    My favorite part of these stories is that most of these scents are very mainstream crowd...
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    Re: A Short Guide to Coniferous Fragrances:

    Love Granville.

    On the designer front Dunhill Icon reminded me a little of Granville, with its EdC style opening developing into a dry juniper and earthy base. People talk about Icon as a neroli...
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    Re: Fragrances that "WOW" you recently?

    Yes! This one doesn’t get so much attention in the SMN lineup, but it’s brilliant.
  73. Re: Terre D'Hermès parfum: four seasons or not.

    Wearable all year round, depending on your local climate.
  74. Re: If Fragrance Was Priced For Everyone - A Hypothetical

    In general I’d be thrilled, also because my favored scent styles aren’t that popular anyway so I don’t think there’d be a huge uptick in people wearing the same scent as me.

    That said, I’m sure...
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    Re: A Short Guide to Coniferous Fragrances:

    Very thorough and a good read. Hwyl smells like a Japanese forest, while Hinoki has a steam note and is meant to me inspired by Japanese hot springs with hinoki tubs. Or maybe Hwyl smells like the...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2019

    I think Chanel uses New Caledonian sandalwood. I wonder if that’s close enough to Tahiti.

    Tahitian lime means lime could be a goer. Tahitian vanilla surely opens up our options for some warmer...
  77. Re: Would you like some vetiver or patchouli with your Coca-Cola?

    Yes please. I’m a sucker for these kinds of things.


    Im still distraught that Pepsi Dry - basically Pepsi with a fraction of the sugar, so not very sweet - was a limited release in Japan and...
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    Re: Let´s play a game: naming a parfum.

    Let me get back to you once I develop my line of fragrances :p

    im kind of against the preconception that perfume has to have French or Italian in its name, but those are popular choices whenever...
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    Re: Let´s play a game: naming a parfum.

    Personally I would probably avoid naming it after sexual acts. Seems a bit Tom Ford or Etate Libre d’Orange to me. Sure it would garner some publicity, but it’s not the image I’d want to my house. ...
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    Re: Help my next blind buy..!

    Equus
  81. Re: Sampling suggestions from Amouage, CdG, other niche houses

    CDG

    2 Man
    Black
    Kyoto
    Vettiveru (now reformulated into an EdT as Vettiveru2).
    Avignon
    Zagorsk
    Hinoki
    Sugi
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2019

    Ouch. Colder than Sydney today where it will supposedly get to 18. That’s like a very cold winters day here.
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2019

    Even when I was in Japan there was just enough of a skew in the seasons compared to where most Basenoters are in North America and Europe that it was challenging at times, particularly in summer...
  84. Re: Which cologne best epitomizes the phrase....

    Aventus
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2019

    Goes to check just how wintery my weather is going to be tomorrow - Miserable and rainy. Quite chilly. Really feeling challenged by the seasonal gap on Friday Syncs.
    Maybe some sunny pineapple in...
  86. Re: How much do you wear a new fragrance once you get a full bottle?

    I'll wear it a few days in a row. It might even get some extra play during the first 2-3 weeks, and then if anything I almost seem to wear it less than when I just had a sample or decant :p
    And yet...
  87. Re: Thinking of going FRAGRANCE FREE this summer...

    Cologne Sologne was s good one for me. It seemed to focus on the greener aspects of neroli rather than being too floral. Your mileage may vary.
    I guess a lot is down to personal tastes. I find...
  88. Re: Thinking of going FRAGRANCE FREE this summer...

    Good luck!

    in extreme heat and humidity I turned to traditional Eau de Cologne style scents and fresher grassy vetivers. Often frequently reapplied due to their fleeting nature (which also means...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Dior Homme Parfum
  90. Re: If you could make a Fragrance Starter Pack, what would you choose?

    Some interesting takes here.

    Do you go for the certified classics? Try to put together a pack of something accessible and available so they can easily source their favorites? Try to blow their...
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    Re: Bvlgari Black no longer in production

    This is one of my bottles that I've either lost track of or lost when I moved.
    I still gave it a bit of play. Now to work out whether to pick up a bottle or assume that I haven't actually lost my...
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    Re: Tam Dao - lowest price

    Despite the fact that Tam Dao is my favorite scent ever, I thoroughly look forward to your accusations of it stinking of sweat and BO whenever it is mentioned :)

    As far as the best price, I guess...
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    Re: Today, I'm particularly enjoying...

    Finally back on my winter scents and damn it Oud Wood (yesterday) and Epic Man (today) aren’t sublime.
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    Re: What's next to purchase on your wish list

    Perhaps Mont Bland Explorer once it starts turning up at discounters.
  95. Re: So Parfums Vintage just dropped more scents

    Thanks, good to know I shouldn’t bother with the Nio clone.
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    Re: Most worn: May 2019

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    Re: Tuscan Leather Intense by Tom Ford

    Interesting. I mainly associate davana with Jubilation XXV, so I’m guessing they’re stacking the wine-like (or overripe fruit) note of davana on top of the raspberry notes of TL, and adding more...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2019

    That makes sense to me too. Very redolent of apricot.

    Thanks for everyone’s replies on the “color” of florals. Very enlightening.
    For a number of them it’s definitely I know it when I smell...
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    Sticky: Re: Synchronized Fridays 2019

    OK weird question, but is osmanthus a white floral? I understand there are some grey areas for categorizing florals, so what is the basis? Scent profile? Color of the flowers? A bit of a mix? The...
  100. Re: Name the fragrance you tried/smelled today for the first time.

    Mont Blanc Explorer.

    Definite Aventus vibe in the opening, albeit more synthetic and tart citrus. Lacks the depth, complexity, and note delineation, but I like it. Considering the cash grab that...
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