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  1. Re: How to distinguish a bottle of 'vinatge' Paco Rabanne

    Wish I'd read this thread before I bought the current formulation, which as you are all perfectly aware is absolute rubbish. Darn!
  2. Poll: Re: The Almighty Battle: Aventus vs. Jubilation XXV

    +1 Have worn them in exactly the manner described.
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    Re: Ultimate formal work frag (read details)?

    Armani Prive, 'Encens Satin'; only tried it twice but thought it would fit just the criteria you have outlined. I'm not sure of the price range though.
  4. Re: I'm loving the note "Saffron"...Any good niche scents with this fantastic note ?

    Korres: Safron, Amber and Cardamon. I also like 2Man so I must have a thing for this ingredient.
  5. Re: fragrances that you avoid spraying on your neck because it's too strong

    Le Labo Lys 41. I thought I was going to die. It is interesting to learn that spraying round the neck is not universally favoured. I need to get more creative.
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    Re: Chandler Burr at NGV

    I didn't attend the talk or any workshop, but did manage to visit the fragrance garden today. It was great. Learnt about 15 or more fragrances and ingredients. Discovered Jicky for the first time -...
  7. Re: Does you fragrance choices hinge on your significant others likes/dislikes?

    My wife is a fragrance hostile. I've given up asking for opinions. However, I know she is partial to a little incense, so I have doused myself in 2 Man over the last couple of months without any...
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    Re: Looking for LICORICE!!

    Licorice is the first thing that comes to mind when I spray, Korres, Saffron, Amber, Cardamon.
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    Re: Lomani Pour Homme, a true hidden gem!

    I'm not ashamed to wear it on those not so special occasions.
  10. Re: utterly fantastic layering makes a shocking fragrance!

    That was one hell of a risk. I've only tried the oud but I expect they are both powerful. I'm not averse to a little messing around with the juices but to try it at such an event - how brave you, and...
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    Re: Aventus batch numbers

    My recent acquisition is 14DO1. At first spray or two and even three, I smelled nothing - the lolly water effect, previously described. My previous testing I'd experienced both smoky and Pinapply. On...
  12. Re: Amouage Journey Man -anything similar or better?

    +1 for the time being, only a cou[ple of tries.
  13. Re: What Types Of Fragrances Do You Guys Think We Need More Of?

    Masculine Tropical: with Frangipani and custard apple & tea ... mmm.. not very masculine now that I think on it?
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    Re: New Armani privee Encens Satin

    A quick sniff did not wow me. I will try again.
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    Re: Amouage Journey Man: mish-mash

    Tried it recently and liked it. The paper test was amazing. It reminded me of the good aspects of the &70s scents I used to wear Givenchy etc, Will give a few more tries with a view to buying.
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    Chandler Burr at NGV

    Just came accross the Sept/Oct program for NGV and noticed Chandler Burr is giving keynote adress Sept 24, 6pm. The topic is "Hyper Natural: Scent from art to Design". I thought it might be of...
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    Re: Scents you love, BUT....

    I've found 2 Man (which I love) to be a bit of a slam bam thank you mam. Current 50mls will last three months tops.
  18. Re: "S*%T Fragrance Heads Say"....Have you guys seen this yet?

    Loved it; and I knew all the acronyms, wow!
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    Re: Best Serge Lutens on a man

    Chene
    Cuir Mauresque
    MKK
    Fille en Aiguiles
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    Re: Tobacco in Ambre Russe?

    Yes, very much so. It reminds me of the rum soaked pipe tobacco before it is smoked. Ah, those were the days!
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    Re: Vampire church incense suggestions

    +1 I always find it a bit spooky.
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    Re: Dior Exclusives

    "Opening Soon" is the only wordage. If the time it took to set up the Hermes relocation further up the road is anything to go by, I would expect nothing before the Spring. Then again how hard can it...
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    Re: Dior Exclusives

    Hi lasya,
    If you don't mind waiting, we look like getting a Dior boutique, if the advertising on the blanked out windows of the former Chanel shop are any indication. That's the one on the corner of...
  24. Re: So few of the truly great designers mens are for hot weather. Discuss...

    I think there is a lot of respect for the likes of Eau Savage and AdP Colonia here. They suffer a little second class citizen status because of their relatively short longevity, I suppose.
  25. Re: I'm Loving Luten's Chene...... It's Going Onto The Bottle Worthy List

    I fell in love with Chene quite a while back overseas, but never able to follow up wearing as it is not available here. It is ahead of my preferences for Fille - if only the sweetness, and Five...
  26. Re: I am convinced that I am just an ordinary guy, and basenotes probable is too deep for me.

    You're not "ordinary" you're one of us! And many of us (me) are beginners. Welcome, and enjoy te journey
  27. Thread: Sel Marin

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    Re: Sel Marin

    No fish for me either but definitely seaweed; a particularly British take on the beach, sort of dull grey, shells n stuff.
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    Re: Colognes that smell like..Greece?

    +1 on Phylosykos. This takes me to Greece in an instant. Also as remik says the Mediterraneo line. The only Greek brand I know is Korres and I recommend Saffro, cardamon and amber. But Phylosykos is...
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    Re: Exploring Byredo

    I have not tried the whole line fully, but I know I like Accord Oud and Sunday cologne.
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    Re: Fragrance trip

    And I thought I was a fragrance counter whore! I can't do more than about five at a time, wrists, hands, cards.
  31. Re: Armani Prive Oud Royal or Tom Ford's Oud Wood ? Which one and why ?

    I think both are very good. I'd probably go for the Oud Royal, but it would be a very fine line. So I guess you can't go terribly wrong either way.
  32. Re: Diptyque will launch two new scents this month...

    I'm also looking forward to trying the geranium. Thanks for news.
  33. Poll: Re: Poll: Lutens Ambre Sultan or Fille en Aiguilles

    When I pull the trigger it will be for Fille en Aiguilles.
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    Re: Eau d'Italie

    I have enjoyed wearing Baume de Doge and Jardin de Poet a few times, but they are fleeting.
  35. Re: Favourite local Aussie perfume shops that others may not know about?

    Just a small update on the Chanel boutique Melbourne. It has shifted to next to the Hyatt hotel in Russell Street. I wish we had a Dior boutique here as I can only access the limited range at Myres....
  36. Re: How often do you compliment a stranger's fragrance?

    I am always on the verge but people are so in a hurry these days; you have to mug them to say something unsolicited. The last time I wanted to comment I was in the lift, and the woman was also...
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    Re: Third man cologne

    I was quite into these a while back. I can't remember which I liked best Profond or Moderne, I don't recall the other one - a pleasant understated fresh fragrance. The down side was that they needed...
  38. Re: Van Cleef & Arpels Cologne Noire - What is Like it?

    I love it and have not bought it because of the price. I had also thought it to be very short lived but on last try out I found it to be quite satisfactory. Yes, I think the peper mix with the citrus...
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    Re: Still searching...help me out??

    I agree with kumquat's Eau d'hadrien and Trefle pure. In adddition to Marais' Crabtree & Evelyn suggestion, I would also recommend the Neapolitan Bergamot, which I have used a fair bit this down...
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    Re: If you won the lottery...

    Yes, I would go crazy buying fragrance. Why blind buy? With that budget it would be all retail, SAs falling over themselves to please my every olefactory whim.
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    Re: Frankincense dominant niche?

    +1 (or two) for Bois D'Encens and CdG 2 Man.
  42. Re: palermo perfumes tomford tobacco vanille vs real tomford tobacco vanille

    Now I'm tempted damn it!
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    Re: Is The Term "BOOZY" Overused?

    I like the term. It is used well here I think. I wore Idole EdP yesterday, and 1270 today, Ooo, lah, lah! heady stuff, yes boozy, among other things of course.
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    Re: Sel Marin - Overhyped

    I have it and enjoy its unconventional refinement. The wife also likes it (and that is a very big plus, believe me). It could be a little more refreshing and more projecting for my tastes, though not...
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    Re: To smell or not to smell...

    As soon as L'homme Blanc said he was wearing Royal Oud it spoke to us in a way that his fine story could not have done on its own. It is another language; one we gradually begin to understand,...
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    Poll: Re: Looking for masculine summer fragrance

    L'Humaniste
    Aventus
    Bulgari Man
    Eau Sauvage
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    Re: Sel Marin and Compliments?

    Only from the wife up till now. But that is a huge plus as she is usually very negative. I'm enjoyong it this Melbourne summer of summers so far.
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    Re: Terre d´Hermes parfume for summer?

    They are both versatile. I would probably lean towards the EdT for the summer, and I know about summer; 40 C degrees plus for the whole of this week!
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    Re: Potent Amber - Better than Ambre Sultan

    I am among the small band who actually like Ambre Russe. It is strong rounded and long lasting. Booze and pipe tobacco, some find too feminine??
    I must add that I don't have others to compare with,...
  50. Re: Do you use any of your fragrances as room spray?

    I like to place cards soaked in some strong feminine fragrance like Armani Si in the bathroom, and sometimes in the bedroom.
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    Re: Opinions on L'Humaniste?

    Its on my short list. I have loved it for quite some time. Don't worry too much about the boozy reference its not the most memorable aspect if it is there at all.
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    Re: Doubts anyone?

    I wanted to 'like' this post but could'nt.
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

    Have a good year all, from Aventus with compliments.
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    Re: SOTD: Saturday, December 28th, 2013

    Korres: Safron, Amber, Cardamon.
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    Re: Byredo line anyone using it?

    Accord oud and Sunday cologne are my favourites, and I would own them if only ............$$$?
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    Re: SOTD: Friday, December 27, 2013

    Sel Marin.
  57. Re: Whats the best cheapest cologne you ever smelled?

    Lomani pour Homme $7, this week in fact.
  58. Thread: Bvlgari Man

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    Re: Bvlgari Man

    It is so subtle I could not say I can detect any particular facet of this with any clarity. I also liked it more at the counters than after, but it has its place for its inoffensiveness and slightly...
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    Re: SOTD: Wednesday, December 25, 2013

    Creed Vetiver. It was the first wearing; it felt like home. Greetings to all.
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    Re: Creed available at DJs Melbourne !

    I didn't inquire about the prices Renato. I'm sure its the full retail kachung!, kachung!; should be on the web site I'd say. Those vouchers are looking good.
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    Re: Creed Aventus: An Acquired Taste?

    Like the OP I'm also new to this scent. But I liked it on first try. I'm sampling it lately, and get the variations between the fruit and the smoke. I love the way it plays with your mind a little....
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    Creed available at DJs Melbourne !

    As promised by one of the SAs a while back, the Creeds have finally arrived at the CBD DJs store. I was only passing through but there were a number of them available, quickly doused myself in...
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    Re: Niche fragrance testing (samples) - pt2

    I concur completely with your thoughts on APLS. Keep up the good work.
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    Re: Bulgari Man.....Disappointing!

    I have it, but admit it is no great shakes. It reminds me a little of my old Zegna Essenza, not the new one; sort of grassy and pleasant. Its a good after the shower sort of thing. But I don't...
  65. Re: Diptyque Philosykos vs. Marc Jacobs for Men.

    Φιλόσυκος is the only one I know of the two, but I think it would be very hard to beat for reasons already given.
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    Re: Niche fragrance testing (samples) - pt2

    I also like your list and am always meaning to buy a bottle of L'Humaniste. It can't escape me for much longer.
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    Re: Weirdest Name For Male Fragrances

    ^^ Yes, 'Fat electrician' cracks me up also. I dread to think what the bottle looks like. The Buddhist monk probably doesn't smell all that bad, incense and all that.
  68. Re: What's your favorite version of F by Salvatore Feragamo?

    I found the almost identical labels confusing and gave up analysing. I think it was SF pour Homme that I favoured in transit on recent jaunt, a quiet lemony but grounded scent, reminded me a little...
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    Re: Priceline Stores and Others.

    Clearly picking up bargains has a lot to do with palce and time but also really knowng the merchandise well enough to know something is a good pick. It is the latter that I'm lacking but inspired by...
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    Re: Priceline Stores and Others.

    I have to admit that decibel wasn't all that bad at forty bucks. You will understand why I had not previously approached anything that looked like it (microphone). I'll try it again the other side of...
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    Re: Priceline Stores and Others.

    Renato, you just might bump into me at Priceline CBD tomorrow :laugh:
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    Re: Saffron Based Frag's

    I'm still in the process of fully identifying the saffron note but it is a main listed ingredient in Korres 'Saffron Amber and Cardamon', which I recommend. If it is in CdG 2 Man which I also like...
  73. Re: Armani Prive collection in humble ol' Canberra!

    Enjoy Tim. We've had them here (Melbourne) on open shelves for quite some time. The Cedre Olympic has been discontinued as far as I've been informed; a great shame indeed.
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    Re: Priceline Stores and Others.

    I have also just come back from three month jaunt, Europe and SE Asia and can vouch for your experiences Renato. It was great to visit the famous Perfumerias in Barcelona and Madrid with a modicum of...
  75. Re: Anyone ever worry about possible adverse effects from fragrance on your skin over many years?

    It has crossed my mind and I'm glad it did. I gave up smoking, this habit is not going anywhere.
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    Re: French or English pronunciation?

    This is indeed a fun part of perfume browsing at the counters. I tend to say it as it is written so that in light of the titles listed by the OP we have a kind of Anglo/French thing happening. It...
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    Re: Hiddeous comparisons...

    O heck! And I thought the current Anateus (the only one I know) was goooood.
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    Re: Fille en Aiguilles Vs. Wazamba

    I love Fille, but I never associated it with Christmas. Is that a northern hemisphere thing? Sniffed Wazamba too long ago to comment.
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    Re: Welcome Home!

    I've already forgotten what the "new" site looked like; a mere blink in what will hopefully be a long BN life line,
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    Re: Best Australian e-store

    I was just checking out this online store <hotcosmetics.com.au>. Anyone done any business there?
  81. Re: Favorite Sandalwood Scent with good longevity?

    +1 Etro Sandalo.
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    Re: Today I sampled

    Bal d'Afrique .... mmmm, yeah, sort of alright.
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    Re: Terre or Voyage d'Hermes?

    TdH - but I wouldn't have thought that it had greater longevity than Voyage, unless I am mistakenly comparing Edt with Parfum.
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    Re: recommend a green and leafy scent

    Eau de campagne, Sisely.
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    Re: Wait...what? A challenging Jo Malone?

    deadidol has my take on Pomegranate Noir, which is but for some small considerations a hell of a frgrance, not shy by any means and definitely interesting.
  86. Re: Wear what you enjoy. Oh really? A revelation

    I'm sure I've come across the 'women' that Renato is referring to, a little overdone, a little down market also perhaps. As I develop my sensory vocabulary however, none of that offends me anymore....
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    Re: Does Age Define Taste?

    Judging from the diverse range of fragrances that I like, I could'nt say that taste was age specific, in my case at least. Nor do I take particular note of BNs of a specific age group.
  88. Re: A Fall, hayride type of smell that's "American" to its feel?

    It probably doesn't have any of the notes you are looking for, but your request conjured up Itasca by Lubin for me.
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    Re: The Star Anise Note: I can't Stand It

    I have no trouble with it. Love it in food and Pernod. I don't know which fragrances have it in any significant amount but if Azzaro is one then I love it in fragrance as well. This is the only other...
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    Re: Chanel Edition Blanche

    It has some very good qualities, and I do like smelling it on others, but I have decided the lemon in L'Humaniste pleases me most.
  91. Re: Straight versus Gay preferences: A Scientific Study

    An interesting thread and a great post Akahina. I don't know about the study but the topic has come up at home. It is one of my anosmic wife's put downs to accuse me of being influenced by "all those...
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    Re: Do you wear an incense cologne?

    My favourites are Fille en Aiguiles, Ensece Flamboyant, Bois D' insense and Jubilation XXV.
    Oh, and Pomegranate Noir.
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    Re: what's the best perfume for a traveler?

    The only thing that kept me sane during my last long haul was what the hostesses were wearing. It was sweet, warmish and preferable to the smells of a crowded confined space. Something from Chanel or...
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    Re: Best oud for summer??

    + 3 (I think) Byredo Accord Oud.
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    Re: Eau Monumentale by Thirdman

    Yes, it was Mecca, at Myres Melbourne. I don't think Profonde was the weakest, on the contrary, I thought it was the deepest. My comparisson with 34 Rue St G. was not quite right, it was more an Eau...
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    Re: Eau Monumentale by Thirdman

    I stumbled on to these eaux last week; Eau Moderne, Monumentale and Profonde. I put the three strips into my breast pocket and forgot about them till a couple of hours later, kept getting these...
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    Re: Terre d'Hermes...

    A dependable, classy workhorse. Yes, there is a difference between the EdT and Pure parfum but that is another story.
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    Re: Hello, coming out of lurking

    We could do with some wildflowers, hoşgeldiniz.

    [COLOR="silver"]- - - Updated - - -[/COL
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    Re: how to decant a perfume bottle ?

    Yes, Hedonist, I have taken the sprayer off, but then what? I'm not quite sure what you mean by 'decapitate'. Is it like cutting the neck of a champagne bottle with a knife as seen in the movies?
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    Re: how to decant a perfume bottle ?

    My mother has a near full 200ml No 5 with a sprayer that doesn't work very well, some feeble droplets only. I was thinking of using the syringe method of relocating the juice but now I'm thinking...
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