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    Re: Recent downtime

    You're a good man, Grant.
  2. Re: Article: Review - The Little Book of Perfumes: The Hundred Classics

    What he said.

    My reviews are my opinion, and cannot therefore be "wrong" or "shit".

    And as to the number of them? I wasn't aware it was a contest.

    You're making a fool of yourself on a...
  3. Re: Article: Review - The Little Book of Perfumes: The Hundred Classics

    Touchy!
  4. Re: Article: Review - The Little Book of Perfumes: The Hundred Classics

    Double-post. Typos, eh?
  5. Re: Article: Review - The Little Book of Perfumes: The Hundred Classics

    To be honest, I have no idea whether Kaern's comment was valid or not.

    It just made me smile, that's all.

    Nice of you to stick up for another BN'er, but let's not have a sense of humour failure...
  6. Re: Article: Review - The Little Book of Perfumes: The Hundred Classics

    Busted and slamdunked.

    Classic.
  7. Re: Your favourite mainstream Oriental/Gourmand of the last 5 years...

    That'll be Tonka Imperiale then.

    I bought 1ml recently for 9, waaay over my usual limit per ml, but as the seller was a fellow BN'er (and anyone selling that kind of fragrance usually is) I...
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    Re: If I like Ambre Sultan...

    I really like Ambre Sultan, LDDM and also have Ambre 114. Have not tried Ambre Russe, to be fair, but I would seriously recommend you seek out Amber Absolute. It is seriously good Amber, deep and...
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    Re: An Embarrassment of Tenere

    Seems hard to believe, but that's exactly what it said on ebay mobile. In fact, I've just checked it, and now it says 2444..

    I can't help but wonder how on earth that conversation goes:

    "Hey...
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    An Embarrassment of Tenere

    Just thought I'd pop this link in, because while Tenere might be officially discontinued, if anyone wanted it in miniature, this place had (apparently) 2,445 available when I bought mine for the very...
  11. Re: If you could give one piece of advice to a new fragrance collector, what would it be?

    Don't read too many reviews. It's tempting, especially when you're beginning, to try and find out what the *best* fragrances are, and what you *should* like (though, to be fair, there are many...
  12. Re: If you could give one piece of advice to a new fragrance collector, what would it be?

    This is definitely good advice. You know the old saw about things coming full circle? Don't be surprised if your fragrance tastes go right round the block. But of course when you get back there...
  13. Re: If you could give one piece of advice to a new fragrance collector, what would it be?

    This reminds me of the best piece of comment I remember when I started. Someone noted that it would take at least two to three years of sampling to get to know and understand what I liked, and why. ...
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    Re: Tom Ford Private Blend on ebay

    "I would rather build a relationship with a TF salesperson.. high end products means high end service."

    Not being rude, but what does that actually mean? Is it really any more than "I give you...
  15. Re: How Many Of You Carry Cologne For A Midday Freshen Up ?

    Guilty as charged, sir!

    I'm a painter and decorator, and in one of my short pockets today is a 4ml of Noir de Noir. Perhaps needless to say, I am not working on a building site at present..
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    Re: Why is Sung Homme so unpopular?

    I did kind of know that, but I couldn't resist..
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    Re: Why is Sung Homme so unpopular?

    Because it's Korean?
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    Re: Tom Ford Private Blend Recommendations?

    Deffo TV, check out Oud Wood too. Plus, though it's not a PB, Grey Vetiver is worth a sniff. It's an incredibly rich, full smell that oozes polish and refinement (I think), however whether you want...
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    Re: Which Habit Rouge is this?

    Oh right, thanks very much! Have to say it does smell a little different, but then my HR fix before this arrived today was smelling the cap of my finished bottle. This smells fresher and sharper. ...
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    Which Habit Rouge is this?

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?VISuperSize&item=170668512765

    I'm pretty sure this is straight HR, but after a reasonable look round I can't find it listed as a flanker anywhere.

    Nice...
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    Re: Great Tom Ford eBay score!

    Half a 50ml bottle of Habit Rouge Beau Cavalier (I think, gun metal bottle surround) for 9, inc. P&P!!

    Get in!
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    Re: Un bois vanille

    I don't think you'll gave a problem with it - I have a tester strip that's two weeks old and it still stinks.

    Let us know whether you like it?
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    Re: Un bois vanille

    I wouldn't have said TV is sweeter than UBV, quite the reverse. I like vanilla, and love Ambre Sultan, but found UBV waaay too sweet, cloying, like taking a bite of cake with far too much icing on it...
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    Re: Great Tom Ford eBay score!

    Perhaps if I asked nicely they would ship international. I will ask, why not?

    Got the Oud Wood and Noir de Noir this week. Think I prefer the former.

    Also scored half bottle of Ambre Sultan...
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    Re: Great Tom Ford eBay score!

    Unbelievable, isn't it? Having said that, I wouldn't be surprised if it were true. Last year I wrote to Tiffany and I think it was Pengaligon's for samples. One said they'd run out of samples, the...
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    Re: Great Tom Ford eBay score!

    I'm guessing that in the UK this would mean a trip to London. Even the more upmarket stores in my town of Reading (only 40 miles from London) don't stock Private Blend.

    Anyone in the UK know...
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    Re: Great Tom Ford eBay score!

    Where??
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    Re: Great Tom Ford eBay score!

    I guess if you bid for fun, then you aren't perhaps going to bid that much? I usually leave til last minute before bidding, but can
    understand those who perhaps don't have time to bid at the close...
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    Great Tom Ford eBay score!

    Okay, this is a little sad, but i just scored 4ml each of Oud Wood and Noir de Noir on eBay for..... 13!!! (that's about $20, transatlantic cousins).

    eBay is weird sometimes; it wouldn't have...
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    Re: Can a guy really pull off Black Orchid?

    Great thread! I really wanted to weigh in on the debate, but it's kind of petered out now.

    Very interesting though.
  31. Re: Huge notes lists: Intimidating or intriguing?

    Two words: Polo Ralph Lauren.

    Okay, that's three, but just look at the notes list on that bad boy. Then look at how much love it gets. True, it probably is an exception, but it's also the only...
  32. Re: What is your current fascination/temptation as of today?

    After some Ambre Sultan, keep watching bottles go on ebay but can't quite bring myself to bid; 50ml is a lot of juice and so is the price.

    Luckily, a kind soul on BN has offered to send me a...
  33. Re: The Definition of "Getting Out of Fragrance"

    Heh. Seller says it's a "leap of faith", which always reminds me of that line in the third Indiana Jones film.

    At least he's honest.
  34. Re: The Definition of "Getting Out of Fragrance"

    I got the impression seller is looking for someone local a) to view/try before buying and b) collect - don't think he's intending to pack that lot up.

    Interesting lot though - my head tells me...
  35. The Definition of "Getting Out of Fragrance"

    This is incredible. I had to post a link: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/1000-piece-collection-mini-perfume-fragrance-rare-/260802652108?pt=fragrance&hash=item3cb90ca7cc
  36. Poll: Re: 5 Cologne choices, must narrow down. HELP!!!

    I'm very fond of Dior Homme, but Eau Sauvage is still one of the best-selling eau de colognes in France for a reason.
  37. Re: suggest me a feminine chanel and a feminine guerlain to wear...

    What he said
  38. Re: The Most Feminine Smelling Fragrance that you Own and Love?

    I would say Habit Rouge, as much as I love it..
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    Poll: Re: Poll: Pull the trigger or no?

    Come on! Like that's ever going to happen! (The changy-mind not-opening it thing. Sure, you could always sell it used..)
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    Re: Any tips on an incense-based fragrance?

    Uhh, no-one's mentioned this one yet, and I guess there's a good reason for that, but what about No 7 by Loewe?

    Smelt like churches to me - I thought it was okay..
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    Re: What is a masterpiece?

    Personally, I would say that, in an ideal world, a masterpiece should be so good as to nearly transcend subjectivity, i.e., it's so good, so well done, you can't help but acknowledge its greatness,...
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    Re: What is a masterpiece?

    Personally, I would say that, in an ideal world, a masterpiece should be so good as to nearly transcend subjectivity, i.e., it's so good, so well done, you can't help but acknowledge its greatness,...
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    Re: Amouage Boxed Sample Sets

    Those two sets went for about 17.50 last night. Gutted.
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    Re: Amouage Boxed Sample Sets

    Lavish Choice though are selling a six-piece set of what look very much like 2ml sprays for.... 70.95

    Good luck with that, guys. I'm more likely to get into trouble for anti-promotion by...
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    Re: Amouage Boxed Sample Sets

    Had a look on Mankind, but could only find single bottles. Thanks for heads-up though.
  46. Re: What do you think of the current formulation of Tiffany for Men?

    This may or may not be much help to you, but as you're looking at Tiffany, have you also considered Pour Monsieur Concentree? They're acknowledged to be very similar - both by Jacques Polge - though...
  47. Poll: Re: Help me to decide on my next "big money purchase" please

    I know a fragrance addict when I smell one! But then, that is half the fun of this hobby, is it not? We're collectors.

    I sampled Kouros yesterday. Before the lady in Boots was about to spray me...
  48. Poll: Re: Help me to decide on my next "big money purchase" please

    Or you could just buy some Aventus.. :)
  49. Poll: Re: Help me to decide on my next "big money purchase" please

    I want to give you the boring, sensible answer, which is to advise samplers of all five then just see which one you keep reaching for. Someone on scent splits, combined with TPC, should be able to...
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    Re: Amouage Boxed Sample Sets

    He threw in a few extra for me too, and I paid about the same.

    At just over 1 per ml, that's not bad going for Amouage!
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    Amouage Boxed Sample Sets

    Just thought I'd mention, if anyone is interested in picking up 20ml of various Amouage, there are two box sets on eBay (UK) ending tonight at around 20.43 and 21.00 respectively.

    I bought one...
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    Re: Kouros: The Truth?

    Look, Neurosis, here's the truth: it does smell like piss, at least at first. But it settles down, eventually. There's even some clove in there. Somewhere.

    But there's an upside, my friend. ...
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    Re: First date recommendation?

    Thank God someone finally said it!

    This guy is dead right, because if you're putting this much thought into it, you must feel comfortable with what you're wearing. This is really the only thing...
  54. Re: Issey Miyake L'eau D'Issey or Azzaro Chrome?

    Hmm, I've not tried Chrome, but I just had my second decant of L'eau D'Issey arrive today. To my mind - and I'm sure there are those more experienced who know better - Issey just slightly changes...
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    Re: Cartier Roadster

    I don't get masses of mint in Roadster, but no matter, what is interesting is the drydown. It's surprisingly intense, well-defined and spicy. What's the scent I think it comes nearest to?

    Bois...
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    Re: Here's a good question...

    Hmm, interesting.

    Polo I did try in Boots once, and though the topnotes were a bit harsh, it did dry down into something deep, complex and interesting, and I will probably buy a sample.

    A*men...
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    Re: Here's a good question...

    Hmm, of those, I only have Terre d'Hermes, and while I like it, I'm not as bowled over as I was with Declaration or Voyage d'Hermes. I will go back to it, though.

    I did buy samplers of Antonio...
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    Re: Chanel Cuir de Russie admiration

    Cuir de Russie is amazing. Really singular stuff. I got my "stash", such as it is, on a day trip to London. Popped into Harrods, as one does, and almost wet myself upon entering the Fine Fragrance...
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    Here's a good question...

    I don't often start threads, but I'm curious to know people's opinions on this one...

    I wore Fahrenheit yesterday, and was moved to write a review. I even tried Fahrenheit Absolute today, just to...
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    Re: No love for Cartier Roadster?

    Read the reviews a few weeks ago, and thought "meh", but I've just bought three samplers from eBay after reading this thread. Couldn't resist the thought that I might be missing out...

    Dammit!
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    Sticky: Re: Which scent gets you the most female compliments?

    Nevertheless, ten pounds says he doesn't have a face like a bag of spanners.
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    Sticky: Re: Which scent gets you the most female compliments?

    Are you sure you've got the right forum..?
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    Re: Your favourite Guerlain...

    Basically, everyone is saying try everything, which is good advice.

    Of those you didn't try, Habit Rouge and Vetiver would be two of their flagship scents.
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    Re: Tom Ford Grey Vetiver

    Grey Vetiver is a stand-out scent, no two ways about it. Jeans and shirt (ironed and tucked in) are a minimum. No way could you wear this with shorts and a t-shirt..
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    Re: A good pine scent?

    BdP isn't overwhelmingly piney. It's more soft and spicey, like an old wooden box.

    Paco Rabanne or Equipage though?
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    Re: 2 nice Vetivers. O-V vs V-E

    Slightly off topic, but I would recommend trying Guerlain Vetiver and TF Grey Vetiver, because many roads lead to Rome.

    I have tried VE, and found it kind of "smooth", plasticky and clinical, a...
  67. Re: Amusing comment at work while posting a thread on basenotes

    She is right, I totally agree. To the outsider, it's a complete indulgence, a frippery, a fancy. Totally unnecessary to basic living. But that's also kind of why it's a cool hobby..
  68. Re: Cloudy eBay Equipage - Have I Been Diddled??

    Thanks for your comments. I have bought from scentsplits before, and found them (Mudassir in particular) to be very good. The only issue with scentsplits is my patience regarding delivery time! ...
  69. Re: Looking to step up from Polo Black and Acqua Di Gio.

    L'eau D'Issey Pour Homme is similar to AdG, but better balanced IMHO and very sniffable. Widely available and well-priced too.
  70. Re: Charlie Sheen's Coming Out With A New Men's Cologne

    Have to say, I feel sorry for the guy. He hasn't killed anyone or eaten any babies, just been an obnoxious dick. Well, guilty here.

    Not nice to watch anyone's life slide into the gutter, is it?
  71. Re: Do you consider size when buying fragrances?

    This threshold is crossed once you have more juice than you could feasibly use in a lifetime. There's probably a formula for it out there. For this reason, and also because I'm a newbie, I buy...
  72. Re: Cloudy eBay Equipage - Have I Been Diddled??

    To be fair, I would be more reluctant to come down on the seller had the listing picture not shown completely clear juice in the bottle. As it is, I've just written stating it was cloudy, therefore...
  73. Re: Cloudy eBay Equipage - Have I Been Diddled??

    Damn right it stinks, and not in a good way!

    It'll be interesting to see what they say - I'm half-expecting a "must have been the cold weather, guv" type-excuse. Or they'll note I've yet to...
  74. Re: Cloudy eBay Equipage - Have I Been Diddled??

    It's kind of difficult to imagine another reason - I probably have been done, it's true. Still, at least it was only 10ml (and why a seller would bother for such a small amount?).

    Well, I'll see...
  75. Re: Cloudy eBay Equipage - Have I Been Diddled??

    Perhaps, but it was full on the listing picture, and seller isn't selling a whole load of bottles. I'll write to the seller and see what they say.
  76. Cloudy eBay Equipage - Have I Been Diddled??

    Hi guys,

    I recently bought a 10ml of Equipage on eBay, but when it arrived today, it is distinctly cloudy. Distinctly NOT like the clear picture on the listing!

    It smells Equipage-ish, but...
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    Re: Fragrances You Would Not Wear In Public

    Heh - after reading the review of this last night, I knew it would be in this thread somewhere. Having said that, I am going to try it.

    I can see the Aramis thing. I bought a small bottle myself...
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    Re: Favorite Dry Downs?

    Habit Rouge
    BdP
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    Re: Guess the Compliment Getter

    Aventus would have been my first guess. Why? Because, motivated by the legendary "what gets the most female compliments" thread, I dug out my sample and popped some on. Wow. Why did I squirrel...
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    Re: Guess the Compliment Getter

    Aventus would have been my first guess. Why? Because, motivated by the legendary "what gets the most female compliments" thread, I dug out my sample and popped some on. Wow. Why did I squirrel...
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    Re: Mens fragrances with rose?

    Can deffo second Hammam Bouquet (never smelled anything like it) and Zino (underrated).
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    Re: Descent Fragrance for Work?

    Ooh! Definitely try samples of these already mentioned:

    Chanel Pour Monsieur
    Guerlain Homme
    L'Eau D'Issey

    In fact, D'Issey would be a great choice. Even if you're not a massive fan of...
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    Re: Descent Fragrance for Work?

    Ooh! Definitely try samples of these already mentioned:

    Chanel Pour Monsieur
    Guerlain Homme
    L'Eau D'Issey

    In fact, D'Issey would be a great one. Even if you're not a massive fan of aquatics...
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    Re: Royal Delight masculine of feminine?

    Hmm, I've just given my sample of Royal Delight away to a friend. I don't dislike it per se, but compared to GIT, BdP and Aventus (whoa!), I find it a bit shy and retiring.
  85. Re: My CREED Vintage Tabarome flacon search...the lengthy windup!

    Really nice to read about your slight obsession. Perhaps you can help me then?

    I bought a sample of VT from a guy on scent splits. Was really expecting to be blown away, but all I can smell is a...
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    Re: Basenoter's guidance

    Right, dude. If you want to try leather, as a simplt starting point, may I recommend Chanel Cuir de Russie as a reference? Don't think many people would argue with that.

    Second, if you want to...
  87. Re: Most Outstanding Cologne (eau de cologne)?

    So we could include Caron Pour un Homme then?

    I don't have much experience, but I am very much liking Eau de Guerlain.

    Based on this thread, I will be trying the other two Guerlains too..
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    Sticky: Re: Which scent gets you the most female compliments?

    No, Pluran is dead right, this thread is the grail of the men's forum.

    It feels a bit schoolboy naughty (tee-hee), but check out the post count.... that's right, it's why we were put on this...
  89. Re: Chanel Pour Monsieur: worst Chanel reformulation ever?

    So would this be vintage?

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Chanel-Pour-Monsieur-EDT-4ml-VINTAGE-boxed-miniature-/150559170570?pt=UK_Health_Beauty_Fragrances_Men_s_Fragrances_Aftershave_PP&hash=item230e06a00a...
  90. Re: Chanel Pour Monsieur: worst Chanel reformulation ever?

    Just out of interest, if I wanted to buy a vintage, how would I identify one, and how would I know it hadn't gone off?
  91. Re: Which scent has the highest positive:negative review ratio?

    I agree the percentage of positives is probably the most instructive way to grade the reviews, at least of fragrances that are particularly well received.

    It doesn't really apply to most that are...
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    Re: Any fans of Aramis Tuscany?

    I am all over the Uomo Forte.

    I sprayed some on a card last time I went to Harrods, along with Bois du Portugal and a couple of other Creeds.

    It was the Uomo I kept coming back to sniff...
  93. Re: Male Fragrance Experts, Your Top 5 Fragrances

    Just dipping my toe in, but of my 100+ samples, these are the five I'd consider for future purchases:

    Habit Rouge (my first true love)
    Heritage (my second)
    Cuir de Russie (takes getting used to,...
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    Re: Most interesting Penhaligons ???

    I've sampled Opus, Endymion, Elixir and the Eau de Cologne, and they were all okay. Nothing mind-blowing though.

    By far and away, their most "interesting" is Hammam Bouquet, their 19th Century...
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    Sticky: Re: Which scent gets you the most female compliments?

    When I first read this, I thought it said "I've been getting complaints wearing Pure Malt"

    Heh.
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    Re: Annoying experience at Macy's

    "Curve? Well, it did win Best Men's Fragrance of 2000 on Basenotes, but really, it's just a bottle of coloured piss. And, frankly, darling, back then Basenotes wasn't what it is now. Say my name....
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    Re: Annoying experience at Macy's

    Companies tend to attract the kind of people they already employ, i.e., shoddy attracts shoddy, smart does likewise, etc.

    Being paid a low wage shouldn't necessarily mean that only stupid people...
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    Re: What to try next?

    Thanks very much!

    A package of samplers, including Piper Negrum, Eau de Guerlain (both 2ml) and 5ml of Daim Blond and 10ml of Heritage arrived today.

    God, I am LOVING that Heritage!
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    Sticky: Re: Which scent gets you the most female compliments?

    Dude, is your wife really cool with you buying what we have clearly established is "fanny magnet" in a bottle? You're a lucky guy!
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    Re: What to try next?

    Having checked out reviews, I think I am going to like Santos, No. 88 and Ungaro III. This hobby is crazy!!

    Thanks again!
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