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  1. Re: A Night Out In Vegas...my arsenal for the week

    I didn't take anything to Vegas when I went. Of course, I was there for 13 years and when I left, I did so with a few hundred bottles!
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    Re: please delete this thread

    This thread has been stretched more than Peter Jackson could ever hope to stretch The Hobbit!
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    Re: Green Irish Tweed Potency?

    My nearly empty 12-13 year old bottle still remains one of the most potent scents I've ever owned (and that's probably several hundred.) I don't look forward to replacing it when the time comes.
  4. Re: 212 Sexy Men Carolina Herrera or Le Male Terrible Jean Paul Gaultier?

    212 Sexy if you're not into floral and as Scentimus said, better longevity. I had a female employee who just swooned over it so much, I gave a small decant of it to her for her husband.
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    Re: please delete this thread

    While I cannot see the Choctaw pictograms myself, oddly enough I can taste them. They remind me of the sarsaparilla infused "cough syrup" my grandaddy used to brew out behind the woodshed with my...
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    Re: Flankers you wish existed, but don't.

    How about Green Noirish Tweed?
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    Re: Flankers you wish existed, but don't.

    Amouage Jubilation XXV Sport
    Creed Aventus Intensus
    Chanel Allure Edition Blanche Noir.

    Just because...
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    Re: please delete this thread

    I don't know about anyone else, but I can still read the message... I just touch the screen and wallah, it's in braille!
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    Re: Armani Code ......

    It probably smells synthetic because it is, like the vast majority of other scents' compositions. Honestly, do people really believe they're smelling natural ingredients when sniffing the majority of...
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    Re: Did Ralph Lauren really just do oud?

    Apparently this had its debut in Dubai on the 20th. More info: "Master Perfumer Carlos Benaim’s vision was to bring a new interpretation to an oud fragrance, recreating the scent of its precious...
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    Re: Did Ralph Lauren really just do oud?

    The strange thing is, any other market that becomes this saturated with product would see more competitive pricing. Then again, I guess one waits a couple of months and finds it at a much more...
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    Did Ralph Lauren really just do oud?

    Well, it's an "accord"... but it's an eau de parfum.

    http://www.nstperfume.com/2014/11/28/ralph-lauren-polo-supreme-oud-new-fragrance/
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    Re: Tom Ford Extreme question

    Personally I think it's just due to the scent being dynamic - you're going to get different facets of it here and there during the same and subsequent wearings. That's the mark of a great scent, imo.
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    Re: Warm/Creamy/Milky/'Blonde' winter fragrance

    This is what I was thinking, too.
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    Re: Is Straight to Heaven worth a blind buy?

    If you really like cedar, perhaps.
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    Re: LIDGE or Fahrenheit Absolute?

    Both are nice, but I agree with Mr. Popo - if FA is discontinued, you're better off grabbing a bottle of that now.
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    Re: What are the best rose scents?

    MFK - Lumiere Noire Pour Homme.

    +3
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    Re: Carolina Herrera: Best of?

    Herrera For Men is a nice scent reminiscent of the original Ungaro Pour Homme III. 212 has its haters, but honestly when it came out in the late 1990's, there wasn't really anything else like it. It...
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    Re: M7 or M7 Oud Absolu

    The reform isn't in the original bottle - it's the reason I passed over it when I had an opportunity. The original bottle is much nicer.
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    Re: Tom Ford Extreme question

    It has qualities similar to the now-defunct-hard-to-find-and-I-wish-I-never-sold-it Slatkin & Co. Black Fig & Absinthe, which I got as an edp at Neiman Marcus a number of years ago ($60 for 3.4oz in...
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    Re: Tom Ford Extreme question

    You should be happy to note, it's deeper and darker without as much citrus - but there are definitely noticeable differences. I wasn't big on the original TF4M and had actually bought Black Orchid...
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    Re: best tobacco scent?

    Tobacco flower? Leaf? Pipe tobacco? They all have significantly different feels. Among those I haven't seen listed: one of the best on the cheap, Lanvin Avant Garde is pretty nice and smells a...
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    Re: Can someone put me onto Rojas perfumes

    I don't know about you, but my arm is worth more than that. A lot more. :)
  24. Re: One Man Show Oud Edition - I don't know to be happy or scared...

    There's a Ted Lapidus Oud Noir on the way, too.

    http://fimgs.net/images/perfume/o.28825.jpg
  25. Re: New 2014 Michael Kors for men - Released, Pulled off shelves, Re-released and Reformulated

    If I remember correctly, the original Michael from 2001 had a slight name change at one point, too, though I can't recall if the original was "Michael" then switched to "Michael Kors" or vice versa,...
  26. Re: Sean John Unforgivable Vs. Creed Millesime Imperial

    Ditto. MI is much better. From what I recall, the top notes in Unforgivable are nice - but fleeting. Unforgivable Black was more interesting with coconut and liquor (rum).
  27. Re: New 2014 Michael Kors for men - Released, Pulled off shelves, Re-released and Reformulated

    I wonder how many people won't discern the differences as the bottle and colors are fairly close, as is the name. (Differences in that it's not intended to be the same fragrance, yet much of it, at...
  28. Re: New 2014 Michael Kors for men - Released, Pulled off shelves, Re-released and Reformulated

    Kevin at Now Smell This reviewed it a couple of weeks ago. I'll see if I can find the link.
    ...
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    Re: Apologies to everyone - I was a jerk :(

    I didn't happen to catch the thread, but it reminds me of a similar incident I had with a fellow co-worker (actually, it happens quite a bit.) This person asked my opinion of something, I gave it,...
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    Re: Salvador Dali PH

    Mine was manufactured in 1999 and was Y2K compliant!
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    Re: Why is Silver Mountain Water so underrated?

    I think people sometimes forget how subjective their perspective really is; just because it's not talked about endlessly doesn't mean something is underrated. In fact, if you go back to the old...
  32. Re: Tiffany for Men (Vintage) - Questions and feedback

    Bought it maybe six years ago - was 36 at the time. Eventually sold it, but it had nothing to do with age. It's somewhat reminiscent of Chanel's Pour Monsieur Concentree, but longer lasting. I...
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    Re: L'Homme Sage - Absolutely Amazing

    Going on 9+ hours today and it's still quite present - especially when I smell under my shirt.
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    Re: L'Homme Sage - Absolutely Amazing

    I agree. I bought it when it was first released and as I mentioned in a previous post, I was quite conscious of spraying too much when I wore this. I'll make it my SOTD tomorrow and see if I still...
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    Re: L'Homme Sage - Absolutely Amazing

    Strange. This one comes off as semi-loud to my nose. I'm always conscious of it while wearing it -- not sure if it's deceptive, but it's one of those where I get wafts of it while moving around,...
  36. Re: I'm loving the note "Saffron"...Any good niche scents with this fantastic note ?

    +3 on Divine L'Homme Sage and throw in Montale's White Aoud which is my SOTD. I get a lot more saffron than rose.
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    Re: Who is who on Basenotes: post a pic...!

    Wow, it's been a long time since I've last posted one. Squinting a bit with the sun in my eyes here.

    https://thebarkbitesback.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/20140723-072833-26913065.jpg?w=157&h=157
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    Re: Riva Fragances

    I have Follia di Aquarama. It's a bit of a strange one, but interesting - like a precursor to Aventus in some ways because it has fruit over a smokey, woody base. It's an edp, but it has a marine...
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    Re: Most dreary fragrance?

    http://www.mimifroufrou.com/scentedsalamander/images/Salvador%20Dali_cologne%20pour%20homme.jpg

    It will conjure images of tombstones with decaying flowers and a vanilla candle flickering in the...
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    Re: ORIGINAL SANTAL from frangrancenet.com

    No, I called and was informed it was complimentary - but nevertheless I had myself removed. They need to be a little more upfront with what they're doing, when it ends, no cost, etc. - I didn't want...
  41. Re: Worst retailer that you've done business with

    This is a chance to tell my story again: back in 2010, I was perusing the Creeds at NM at Fashion Show when I saw a tester of Vintage Tabarome. I asked, by chance, if they had any flacons of it. ...
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    Re: I Just Bought Black Orchid...

    Bought it and took it back to exchange a week later for Tom Ford Extreme. Thought they had some similarities at the time, with Extreme being more masculine.
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    Re: Davidoff Leather Blend - new fragrance

    And it's an edp. Apparently it's limited to certain markets at the moment.
  44. Re: Helmut Lang Reborn. The original iconic scents, available again!

    From 2002 post by Grant:

    Hi Bill, there is an entry on the Basenotes site for it but the sites
    down at present (long story - i'll explain later)

    Anyway, here's what it would say:

    "A...
  45. Re: Helmut Lang Reborn. The original iconic scents, available again!

    Not here, it didn't. Both M7 and Cuiron were discussed endlessly here upon their release. I despised M7 at first. In fact, when I'd go into my local Nordstrom, I'm leave with a handful of samples...
  46. Re: Helmut Lang Reborn. The original iconic scents, available again!

    We're referencing Cuiron, which was originally an EDC but listed on Luckyscent's site as an EDP now.
  47. Re: Helmut Lang Reborn. The original iconic scents, available again!

    When Cuiron came out, around the same time as M7, both were somewhat viewed as "throwback" manly scents of from the 70's with a modern touch. That may explain the dated feel of it. I personally...
  48. Re: Helmut Lang Reborn. The original iconic scents, available again!

    Hmmm...the plot thickens. I double-checked Luckyscent and they do have it as an EDP while the helmut lang website mentions no concentration whatsoever, not even on the packaging:...
  49. Re: Helmut Lang Reborn. The original iconic scents, available again!

    It has to have been reformulated to be an EDP now as shown on Luckyscent. The original was an EDC.
  50. Re: Helmut Lang Reborn. The original iconic scents, available again!

    At least it's now an EDP. The original was an EDC.
  51. Re: Don't stone me to death for asking but what do you guys think of Armani Mania?

    Got Mania when it first came out - still have some left and think it's one of the better Armani scents I've tried. Very underrated, it's a warm woody scent with cashmere woods and saffron and some...
  52. Re: Lagerfeld Photo (old bottle), VC&A Pour Homme, Pal Zileri Fragrance Bar, Perry Ellis, Azzaro, mo

    Added two new (old, actually) bottles.
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    Re: Bombed the office today

    Spilled 2/3 of a jar bottle of Fumerie Turque in the bedroom once. Most of it avoided the carpet, but the desk smelled nice for several months!
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    Re: Floris Santal alternative

    Pal Zileri Sartoriale by way of Gucci Envy.
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    Re: Opus 1870 underrated?

    I never got aquatics - semi or otherwise - from this scent. It's all cedar, incense and pepper with a hint of rose (though I swear it smells like cloves, too.) I think Gucci Pour Homme II had a bit...
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    Re: Idole de Lubin EDT suspicious packaging

    Yep, box on the left is original packaging. I purchased it when it was first released in 2005, I believe.
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    Re: Tonka Heavy Fragrance

    Lanvin Arpege Pour Homme.
  58. Re: I love Juniper Berries! Recommend me some some strong & lasting scents

    Great, inexpensive and underrated: Lalique Equus EDP.
  59. Re: Creed price increases have officially landed in the US

    They've been going up over the last decade plus. Prior to the release of Virgin Island Water, I bought Himalaya, I believe, at Neiman Marcus for $180. VIW pushed them over the $200 mark.

    No...
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    Bentley for Men Absolute - new fragrance

    From Now Smell This...

    The notes feature ginger, pink pepper, frankincense, papyrus, sandalwood, atlas cedar, amber, oud and moss.
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    Re: L'Homme Sage - Absolutely Amazing

    Have it, love it, running low. I particularly like the immortelle in this. It's not going to smack you upside the head like Goutal's Sable, but it's there and done quite nicely.
  62. Re: Fragrances that got lot of love/attention in the past on Basenotes

    In 2003 it was all M7 and Helmut Lang Cuiron, both of which came out about the same time. I think PaulG and myself were the biggest fans of Piper Nigrum early on, and of course Jeffrey P. was in...
  63. Re: Fragrances that got lot of love/attention in the past on Basenotes

    Yep, that was 2001. There may have been a few niche stuff mentioned back then, perhaps a couple of L'Artisan, but it was skewed heavily toward designer.
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    Re: For Summer: VIW or MI?

    Both great, but if you're dealing with heat and humidity, MI might be the better route as VIW tends to wear heavier.
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    Re: Perry ellis m "wowwwwww"

    Had this back when it came out but found it similar, as others have said, to Allure and Lalique' Faun (with the blue tint). It had its differences, but not enough for me to keep at the time. A very...
  66. Re: Just received my super cheap bottle of Ferrari Silver Essence and...

    It's a pretty good. Kind of has a rubbery Oud note for a bit with a dark rose note, but I like the elemi and olibanum in the base where, at one point, it smells fairly similar to M7. Longevity is...
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    Re: Ex Idolo 33 different batches

    I do wonder if the aging process itself may lend to long term differences. Just like twins born from the same mother who grow up together, once separated and sent off into the world and on their own...
  68. Re: Just received my super cheap bottle of Ferrari Silver Essence and...

    I've probably gone through 1/3 of my body already. Incidentally, I had a bottle of Oud Essence that had a leak and didn't spray that great. A replacement bottle was sent - so now I have two - and...
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    Re: Armani Mania suggestion

    I quite like it and still have my original tester bottle upon release. Don't find it offensive or boring at all, but woman really do seem to like it.
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    Re: Bentley Fragrances Question!!!

    I got a tester, with cap, off eBay from a seller in Israel for $70/shipped. Took 12 days to get here, total (most of it going thru customs in NYC).
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    Re: Heaviest bottles?

    I remember Scentimus's story of shattering a glass counter when a Gucci Pour Homme bottle slipped out of his hand. Cartier Essence Must is a close second.

    Varvatos Rock Volume 1, hands down,...
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    Re: cheaper alternatives to Jub XXV

    Bond Silver Factory. Replace the blackberry with a metallic, grape-ish accord, though it's not as opulent or multi-faceted.
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    Re: Heavy metal cologne

    Marilyn Manson's "The Beautiful People" was inspired by one of my favorite bands, Saigon Kick, which recently reunited with (almost all) original members.

    I'd picture MM wearing Salvador Dali...
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    Re: Heavy metal cologne

    I've always referred to St. Anger as being Metallica's response to Napster: create an album nobody would WANT to download illegally (re: for free).

    I like Metallica and hate to use the word...
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    Re: LIDGE from beauty encounter

    I remember I got my bottle from them in 2009 for $44. Then I mentioned it here and boooooooom! Supply and demand.
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    Re: Heavy metal cologne

    Big Dream Theater fan. I'm trying to think of scents that would describe something like Scenes From a Memory. Definitely something haunting... incense... maybe Passage D'Enfer. Love their latest...
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    Poll: Re: Your favorite Amouage (non-Opus)?

    I answered Jub XXV, but I still have a tad bit of Silver Cristal Men left which wasn't a choice.
  78. Re: Which Is The Best Out Of These Tobacco Colognes?

    London.
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    Re: Very Valentino for Men .. any info ?

    I can see some resemblance between the two, though having had both do I consider them at all necessary. VV has a prominent nutmeg, pipe tobacco, sandalwood accord - the pipe tobacco nice but...
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    Re: Opinions on Creed Original Santal

    I recall being the first to obtain this here back in 2005. Bottle is almost gone. Yeah, it's sweet, but I find the dry down several hours in the best part when some of it has burned off.
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    Re: Anyone try Onlineshoppingx.com?

    And to follow up, it took only a week from Hong Kong to LA, then LA to NY. Pretty damn quick!
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    Re: Anyone try Onlineshoppingx.com?

    Strange. I contacted them about a fragrance and where it would be shipped from and the reply was Hong Kong.
  83. Re: USPS Electronic Perfume Questionnaire - Have You Seen It Yet?

    It is strange that, the last time I flew, I answered yes to TSA when asked if I had anything blah blah blah and flammable. I let them open up the bag and told them it was a bottle of cologne, then...
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    Re: Vintage Lorenzo Villoresi

    The Yerbamate turns color over time. Starts off green, but looks like this after several years without the scent being impacted.
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    Re: Vintage Lorenzo Villoresi

    Yes, vintage. Some that were "extra" had silver labels and caps that made them heavier.
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    Re: Fragrance to wear in your own funeral

    I read something about Fumerie Turque and funeral pyres some time ago (10 years now). I wore it once when I had to lay someone off for that specific reason.
  87. Re: Lanvin L'Homme Sport...comparisons please

    Totally agree. In fact, if one did a blind test with Lanvin L'Homme and Lanvin L'Homme Sport, I'd bet the house everyone would believe, according to their names, that each was the other.
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    Re: Tea fragrances!

    I'm also wanting to try more that are good for cooler weather. Something warm and rustic! I really like Tea for Two, though I'm not crazy about the smoky vibe I get from it.

    Regardless, I hope...
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    Re: Coconut and cedar..

    Ferrari Silver Essence: Coconut powder and Atlas Cedar. Holy Grail? Probably not... but $20 for a tester is hard to beat.
  90. Re: New Fragrance: Ferrari Cedar Essence - Ferrari

    I wasn't too keen on trying Essence Musk until I saw it had a watermelon note as well. Both sound fresh, but cedar perhaps with a bit more contrast with notes.
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    Re: Today I bought: January 2014

    Mine just arrived. $70 for a shipped tester - the only difference being "tester" on the box and a small inscription of it on the bottle that's not really noticeable. As for the scent... reminds me...
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    Re: When to wear Mouchoir de monsieur

    I think it's a bit more formal - not necessarily black tie, but certainly screams "special occasion" to me.
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    Re: Look at what 4K can get you

    I would offer two boxes of Special K. One box of Special K has twice the concentration of Regular K and it's obvious the seller needs more flakes.
  94. Re: Creed Aventus and RL Purple Label - brothers?

    About the only similarities that are to be found note-wise are oak moss in the base and black currant/bergamot combo (Aventus) vs. blackberry/mandarin combo (RL PL) in the top notes. If one's nose...
  95. Thread: Gendarme

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    Re: Gendarme

    Yep, 20 has lavender whereas the original (supposedly) had a hint of leather (I say that because I own it and never really got leather from it).

    Grabazzi is somewhat unique with a soapy/cola...
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    Re: Escada Magnetism

    If I recall correctly, it was near this time (2006/7) when Ungaro III started being produced from Italy instead of France and that's, for me, when the whole reformulation issue took hold as the...
  97. Re: Orange Battle: Concentré d'Orange Verte vs. Orange Sanguine

    I don't recall which one it were, this or Grand Neroli, but when I tried this line upon initial release, one of them smelled a bit too much like John Varvatos Artisan. Granted, it took me about five...
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    Re: Citrus & Incense

    Etro Shaal Nur.
  99. Re: New Mainstream Releases Over The Past 3-4 Years......CONVINCE ME !!!

    I've heard a lot of Bentley Intense being exceptional for a designer fragrance. I don't have an opinion, but will hopefully soon: scored a tester bottle off of ebay for $70 shipped from Israel which...
  100. Re: Why would they discontinue Gucci Envy and PH 2?

    Unfortunately, the typical consumer makes purchasing decisions based on top notes/first impressions. I liken it to watching a movie trailer where you see the best parts of the movie flash before...
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